Your Take: So Much Cooler Online
In Tuesday’s News Roundup, Jim included a link to the Federal Communications Commission plan to bring high speed Internet to the masses.
FCC Chair Julius Genachowsk talked about the agency’s upcoming National Broadband Plan with a “country” spin:
“When I think of those “Country Roads” and “Wide Open Spaces” without broadband, I “Fall to Pieces” and say that’s “Crazy.” We need to address these “Unanswered Prayers.”
“As FCC Chairman, I have friends in high places and “Friends in Low Places,” and I’m pulled to and fro on policy issues, but “I Walk the Line.” That’s because telecomm politics is like a “Ring of Fire.” First I have Senator Rockefeller telling me about a “Coal Miner’s Daughter” who can’t get wireless service in some “Foggy Mountain Breakdown.” Next, “I’m on the Road Again” to where “The Grass is Blue” and “A Boy Named Sue” stops me and says we need super-duper fast broadband all the way from “Boulder to Birmingham” – and beyond, to “Galveston” and “El Paso.” He complains that his slow dial-up service can’t get to “Amarillo by Morning” and laments that America has gone round & round for years without a National Broadband Plan and plaintively asks, “Will the Circle Be Unbroken”?
“I explain – to the “Boy Named Sue” – that this issue is “Always on my Mind” and the lack of a Plan should not make him “Hurt” or a “Man of Constant Sorrow” with his “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain.” Instead, I tell him to “Take it Easy ” — “Don’t Rock the Jukebox”…just try to “Keep on the Sunny Side” and dream “Sweet Dreams” — because a National Broadband Plan is coming. Next week.”
In less pun-ny terms, the plan will allow more music lovers to access music online by helping to lower phone bills for people in rural areas. This is especially important to the country genre, as a recent CMA survey found only 50 percent of core country fans have Internet access at home. This is complicated even further by findings that state 42 percent of country music listeners who are currently offline say they are not interested in gaining online access.
Give us your take: What impact do you think this new plan will have on country music sales?
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