NPR Starts A War

“That’s where National Public Radio comes in. The cost to NPR to play music will increase substantially. The costs to your local public radio station — those entities who are always begging for cash as it is — will increase substantially. Given the economics of the situation, it makes sense that if this ruling stands, these stations will chose to change their business models. Right now, they’re actively increasing audiences by streaming and podcasting and broadcasting online. That’s going to stop if the cost goes up.”

Defending Net neutrality and creative expression are going to be big calling cards for NPR in the next 10 years. The US is erupting in a civil war that is pitting outdated models (Current patent office practices, Recording Industry, loss of civil liberties and privacy) against individuals. The ONLY media outlet that has an INTEREST in protecting the individual’s rights is NPR.

NPR has an interest in having their listeners produce more and more of the content on NPR. NPR survives by delivering better content, not just more efficient delivery of any content.

NPR has an interest in seeing a stable, accessible and low cost internet. The biggest loser in the Net Neutrality fight could be NPR.

Those of my readers in the US: Your NPR station probably seems like a smalltime player in the bigger picture, but don’t make that mistake!, they are the ones who will go to the wall for you when you finally need them. They are the only ones who actually care about you, your rights and your country.

I can say that and not feel like I am exaggerating at all.

5 thoughts on “NPR Starts A War

  1. It is a stretch to link net neutrality to NPR. It is a totally separate issue and the copyright royalty board is the culprit.

    You can refer back to my organization’s website for more information at (Hands Off the Internet)

  2. HOTl75: On your site you say “Hands Off The Internet is a nationwide coalition of Internet users united together in the belief that the Net’s phenomenal growth over the past decade stems from the ability of entrepreneurs to expand consumer choices and opportunities without worrying about government regulation”

    Which I think is exactly the link I am talking about between an organization like NPR and Net Neutrality.

  3. The Hands Off statement means that government regulation means more bureaucracy. Bureaucracy = slow to get innovative applications and investments going. With new investment in the net’s backbone, it means more online news and music programming will be able to stream online without interference. This will actually help NPR.

    What will hurt NPR, in my view, is the royalty charges they will have to pay as indicated in the article you link to.

  4. I think you’re right, but it will help NPRs credibility if they would get on the right side of copyright with their own content first.

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