Radio Mandate? CEA Says No
A coalition of the music and radio industries have neared agreement on the notion that Congress should require mobile phones and other portable devices include FM radio receivers- a concept that is steadfastly opposed by the Consumer Electronics Association, according to a report Monday.
Ars Technica reported that National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) have asked Congress to mandate the receivers be included in phones and other devices, a move that would give larger potential audiences to both constituencies and increase music choices. The framework of the agreement is part of a proposed compromise between the parties, who are debating whether radio broadcasters must pay pay performance rights fees to labels or artists.
CEA's Gary Shapiro called the proposal a "backroom scheme" and "the height of absurdity."