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What if Radio Paid Like Pandora Pays?

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(11/21/2012 9:17:55 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
I think the real point is that the fees paid for streaming are insanely high. Terrestrial broadcasters need to oppose these fees because:

A. many of us have Internet streams that are pretty expensive to operate for a relatively small number of listeners.

B. attempts are underway right now to get new royalties from terrestrial broadcasters, just at the point in time when we cannot afford more of a load. We certainly don't want this model to be used.

We should be pointing out that these fees are devastatingly high... for everyone. And they give foreign Internet broadcasters a big edge.

- Kyle M
(11/21/2012 8:00:35 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Al.... Not a mention by you of paying for music.

You may as well start practicing how you make your investment in public licensing, equipment and such pay off without using the property that is owned by other, the music.

You don't make artists popular any longer Al. Yours is a business model that is long gone but you just don't yet know that.

- Jim Schlichting
(11/21/2012 7:58:07 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Al, the real question is... why are we spending all this money proping up a dying industry that technology is leaving behind? Imagine no more towers, no public files or FCC red tape, etc. I'm 52 and I fully expect that terrestrial radio will cease to exist during my lifetime.
- Chuck
(11/21/2012 7:36:38 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
I'll feel bad for Pandora when they have to also pay FCC spectrum and filing fees, have to abide by all the FCC regulations such as public files, maintain studios and licenses, buy tons of expensive broadcast equipment, have to maintain towers, transmitters, etc., etc. deal with public input, Plus we have to provide our signals for the Emergency Alert System, many of us giving up our income to provide LIVE coverage during the recent Sandy superstorm and the Derrecho storm in June. So don't come crying to broadcasters, when you factor in what we have to do, Pandora is getting away with a bargain. I think a better question would be "What if internet music sites were regulated and paid all the fees and had to have licenses and had to answer to local communities and maintain all the equipment like broadcast radio had to?"
- Al Sergi

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