Northwesterners in Congress are taking the lead in the fight against new royalties on Internet radio broadcasters.
Today, Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden, a Democrat, along with Kansas Republican Sen. Sam Brownback, introduced a Senate bill that’s a companion to the “Internet Radio Equality Act” bill introduced April 23 by U.S. Reps. Jay Inslee and Don Manzullo, an Illinois Republican.
A Wyden quote from his news release:
“Our bill is about standing up for folks ranging from a small Webcaster in a basement in Corvallis to an innovative startup in Beaverton to a new band trying to be heard in Portland to a huge music fan in Coos Bay. Keeping Internet radio alive is part of a broader issue that is important to me — keeping the e-commerce engine running by preventing discrimination against it.”
There’s background on the issue in my KEXP column.