BOCA RATON, FLA. — On a cloudless Friday afternoon with low humidity in Palm Beach County, Florida, Democratic Congressman Ted Deutch has arrived home for a two-week break from Congress, which has recessed for the Passover holiday and Easter Week.
As he drives around town, he points out something on his dashboard that, with the “connected car,” will become standard for many auto owners: The Sirius XM button sits right next to those for Spotify, Apple Music and the FM radio.
If all of those choices to hear music are side by side, shouldn’t royalty payment structures to the artists responsible for this music get fairly compensated by radio?
That’s one of the key reasons why Rep. Deutch has signed on as a co-sponsor to two pieces of legislation many in the radio industry believe will create irreparable harm for smaller operators.
To Deutch, it’s simply about fairness.