Sunday, April 22, 2007

Help Save Internet Radio!

I don't typically post many call to actions here in my blog, but there's something today that I would like for you to consider:

As you may have heard, recent US legislation has tripled the royalty fees that are placed on Internet radio. This legislation threatens to force out sites that offer streaming radio for free.

Included would be sites like (LOVE Pandora) and (I work on this one).

If you love Internet radio as much as I do, you NEED to sign the Saving Internet Radio petition. It will send a custom letter from you to your representative expressing your concern.

Without heading down too much of a rant, when radio first started, it was very entrepreneurial... since, it's become corporate. The Internet is very much the same; humble beginnings resembled the wild west. Since then, more rules and regulations (admittedly, some are necessary) make the Internet a more controlled and corporate place to surf. It's important that something as basic as streaming music is preserved in a way that's affordable for everyone, not just a select few.

I filled the letter out and messages were sent on my behalf to Senator Lamar Alexander, Senator Bob Corker, and Representative Steve Cohen, all from Tennessee.

Thanks to Towform for bringing this site to my attention!

Happy Listening!

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