Let’s just say I’ve got quite a few tales of political activism from my past (I lived in Tallahassee, FL during the 2000 election and in Ohio during the 2004 fiasco), but for the most part I tend not to get up on a soapbox when it comes to the issues. However, I think the Internet Radio Equality Act is extremely relevent for this particular blog and I want to help spread awareness as much as possible.
In a nutshell unless the public is successful in petitioning Congress in the next day or so, pretty much all internet radio will be forced to shut down on this Sunday, July 15th. For more information on the details about the new internet royalty structure and how it will affect internet broadcasters across the country visit Savenetradio.org.
I’ve been aware of the issue for awhile, but I didn’t think the proposed measures would seriously pass, and I definitely didn’t think the fallout would be so imminent. I hope you will feel compelled to take 5 minutes out of your day to call the offices of your congressional representatives to lend voice to the cause. I figure with all of the other major issues on the political agenda this probably isn’t being considered by the political bigwigs as much as one would hope. With that in mind I’d hope that a few earnest pleas from the public would be enough to help convince them that the public really cares about this issue.