Allow Internet Radio for businesses to be licensed
Internet radio is a quickly emerging technology. We have a chain of Burger King restuarants and we currently use XM Radio or the dining room ambient music. Of course these days we are looking to do what we can to reduce our operating costs so we were looking to switch to Internet Radio. We understand that public listening for music in our restuarants needs to be in some sort of paid subscription service and was looking to switch to Sirius Internet Radio. Unfortunatly, they stated that businesses are not allow to currently use Internet Radio because of FCC licensing. Internet Radio would save us money monthly and we wouldn't have all the issues we are currently having with XM radios and the external antennas. Can internet radio be licensed for public listening for businesses? I guess I'm failing to see the reason why XM satilite radio is acceptable and paid internet radio from the same company for the same music is unacceptable. Thanks!!
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This is a fundamentally a BAD idea and demonstrates a truly naive view of licensing. RF Spectrum is licensed because it is a limited resource. The Internet, on the other hand, is only limited by the bandwidth currently available. The currently available bandwidth is increasing by an order of magnitude every few years. This means that there is no reason to "License" internet radio. Anyone can open a internet station. Maybe we should create licenses for burgerking owners and limit who can own the stores. That would be more prudent.