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Nicole Marie wrote:We need your help. The RIAA wants to raise the royalty rates of Internet stations to double what it is now by 2009!! We want to pay royalty payments but we want a rate that is affordable. If they raise the rates it will be 100% higher than our revenue... we will have to close up shop. Write your state reps! Visit the link below to read more and how you can help...
navneeth wrote:I saw this a couple of days ago.
Is it possible to create a petition by Beethen Radio, so that listeners from outside the U.S. can also sign. (Every day you get requests from all corners of the globe.) I can't say if the authorities will take us seriously, but it's worth a try.
Of course AM radio was big business in the pre-television days, and there were powerful people who wanted things to stay as they were. Innovation only meant smaller profits for them. At that time there was no more influential man in radio media than the founder of RCA, David Sarnoff. Known as "The General," Sarnoff controlled all the technical aspects of radio; he also created the NBC and ABC television networks. He was also an important early supporter of television and developed the current NTSC standard for TV that we have used for over 60 years.
Seeking to kill FM radio before it could threaten his profits, Sarnoff's company successfully lobbied the FCC to have the FM spectrum moved from Armstrong’s frequencies to the ones we use today: 88 to 108 MHz. That move immediately rendered Armstrong’s Yankee Network obsolete, along with all of the FM radio sets which had been produced. The cost to re-equip the stations for the new frequencies would be enormous. The FCC ruling said that the 40 MHz band was to be used for the new television broadcasts, in which RCA had a heavy stake. RCA also had an ally in AT&T, which actively supported the frequency move because the loss of FM relaying stations forced the Yankee Network stations to buy wired links from AT&T. The deck was stacked against the future of FM broadcasting.
bignaf wrote:the RIAA royalties might make me money in the future, so I won't sign the petition, but I won't mind anyone else signing this petition.
jamiebk wrote:bignaf wrote:the RIAA royalties might make me money in the future, so I won't sign the petition, but I won't mind anyone else signing this petition.
You may find that there is no one left to air the music for which you could be paid
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