Pandora & Net Radio Need Our Support Now
Legislation is being considered this weekend that would help internet radio (read more). Pandora and others are calling on fans of net radio to contact their Congressmen today.
After a yearlong negotiation, Pandora, artists and record companies
are finally optimistic about reaching an agreement on royalties that
would save Pandora and Internet radio. But just as we’ve gotten close,
large traditional broadcast radio companies have launched a covert
lobbying campaign to sabotage our progress.
Yesterday, Congressman Jay Inslee, and several co-sponsors,
introduced legislation to give us the extra time we need but the
National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), which represents radio
broadcasters such as Clear Channel, has begun intensively pressuring
lawmakers to kill the bill. We have just a day or two to keep this from
This is a blatant attempt by large radio companies to suffocate the
webcasting industry that is just beginning to offer an alternative to
their monopoly of the airwaves.
Please call your Congressperson right now and ask them to support
H.R. 7084, the Webcaster Settlement Act of 2008 – and to not capitulate
to pressure from the NAB. Congress is currently working extended hours,
so even calls this evening and over the weekend should get answered.
The central congressional switchboard number is: (202) 225 3121
Or to look up your representative, visit: https://forms.house.gov/wyr/welcome.shtml
If the phone is busy, please try again until you get through. These calls really do make a difference.
This is a fork in the road. Only massive grassroots opposition will
keep us from another 50 years of top 40 radio. It’s time to take a
stand and break the stranglehold of broadcast media on radio.
Thanks so much for you ongoing support.