Some Animals Are More Equal Than Others: Citizens Against Government Waste Opposes Internet Radio Fairness Act

Have you seen the little piggies crawling in the dirt?
Always have clean shirts to play around in….
In their eyes there’s something lacking, what they need’s a damn good whacking…

Piggies, by George Harrison

The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste–home of the “Swineline”–announced its opposition to the so-called Internet Radio Fairness Act.  Yes, the publisher of the Congressional Pig Book took issue with a rasher of issues on the porcine legislation:

According to the Daily [Hog] Caller:

Council for Citizens Against Government Waste, a government watchdog group…joined in on the opposition [to IRFA] with a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee  and the House Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and Internet on  November 16.

Council for Citizens Against Government Waste president Thomas  Schatz argued that the bill would bring Internet radio services under a  standard developed in the 1970s.

“The result is to move nearly 1,800 entities that currently operate under the  market-based standard down to the below-market standard, instead of moving the  three grandfathered entities up to the market-based standard,” he said,  referring to satellite radio providers SiriusXM and Musak, and cable music  providers like Music Choice.

And the bill proposes a new, political, presidentially appointed board that  will maximize the lobbying potential of the recipients of the government  subsidy,” said Schatz.