Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Please Ask Your Senator to Attend the Future of Radio Hearing on Wednesday, 10/24

From SaveNetRadio.org:

Thank you once again for your support of the SaveNetRadio Campaign. On Wednesday morning, the Senate Commerce Committee will meet to hold a hearing on the future of radio in the United States. Representatives from broadcast radio, music industry, and Internet radio will testify before the committee about the current state of the radio industry and how royalty fees and other issues, like competition and innovation, affect the future of the industry. This is an unprecedented opportunity for Internet radio to explain its value to Congress, and we need your help to make sure they are listening.

Please take a moment to call Senator Boxer at (202) 224 - 3553 and ask her to attend this important hearing. The Internet Radio Equality Act is still pending in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives; this hearing will give Members an opportunity to learn more about this legislation - make sure they don't miss it. Please call now.

It is helpful when calling your congressional representatives to give the following information:

* I am a constituent, and an Internet radio listener calling to ask that as a member of the Senate Commerce Committee, the Senator attend Wednesday's hearing on the future of radio.

* Internet radio has been a revolutionary force in the music industry since its creation and now empowers artist, consumers, and music lovers of every kind. The Copyright Royalty Board's unprecedented and ill informed decision to increase royalty fees for Webcasters by more than 300% has threatened to bankrupt this important industry and we need the Senator's help.

* The real future of radio for music lovers, artists, and the music industry as a whole is online. To save this industry and allow it to prosper, there must be parity and equality between webcasters, satellite radio, and broadcast radio. Today Internet radio pays a recording royalty fee more than twice that of satellite radio, and terrestrial radio pays none at all. To fix this unfair and inexplicable inequality, please cosponsor the Internet Radio Equality Act, S. 1353, pending in the Senate today.

Again, please call Senator Boxer at (202) 224 - 3553 and ask her to attend this important hearing. Thank you once again for your support of the SaveNetRadio campaign, this issue could not have gotten the attention it has without your support and cannot move any further without your continued efforts.

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