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SeanM Webcast Royalty Plan Rejected (20) RE: Webcast Royalty Plan Rejected 23 May 02


I think the 'huzzaing' is for the OVERWHELMING percentage of Internet radio stations would have been obliterated by the fees that were being proposed.

The problem with the idea is that it's easier than ever to have your own station - there's no FCC regulation to say what you can broadcast for internet stations, VERY low overhead (usually just a few inexpensive if not freeware programs, one good 'webcaster', and a lot of bandwidth), and a LOT of people have become amateur radio operators with zero income for the station.

These are the ones very directly hurt by the situation. Even the few net stations that 'make money' still can't afford the punitive level of fees that were being discussed.

Now if they would consider the commercial radio rates - that's a bit more realistic, plus with the internet format it's usually VERY easy to submit full playlists. But that wasn't considered.

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