Save the music!
There’s still a little time to act before independent Internet radio is silenced. Sign the petition to save Internet radio. Then write or call your representative and ask them to support H.R. 2060, The Internet Radio Equality Act (unless your representative is Sam Farr – he’s already co-sponsoring).
Internet radio allows us to hear broadcasts from all over the world as freely and clearly as if they were next door, just as Web sites and blogs let us access written information and images from around the globe. Music from Mexico, news from the Netherlands, talk shows from LA, student radio stations in Alaska, public radio stations all over, the pirate radio station in my own town, five musician friends in New Mexico – diversity seems like a bland understatement. Mind-blowing is what it is. Revolution potential is what it is.
This is all possible because the costs of streaming over the Net are affordable for just about anyone – at least, they were, until the Copyright Royalty Board reached out its greedy claws.
As a sedentary person with health issues and limited energy, Internet radio is yet another way to bring the world to my doorstep. I fight isolation all the time, and this is yet another way I can feel connected.
Haven’t listened to Internet radio before? Tune in to Jessibird Radio for a small sampling.