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Brier Dudley's blog

Brier Dudley offers a critical look at technology and business issues affecting the Northwest.

May 10, 2007 at 10:50 AM

Internet radio bill introduced by Wyden

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.

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