At the urging of Internet radio operators who fear that recent substantial increases in royalty fees will drive them out of business, two House members—Congressman Jay Inslee (D-WA) and Don Manzullo (R-IL)—introduced a bill that would annul a controversial rate ruling handed down on March 2 by the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB). The new fee structure, which was upheld by the CRB on April 16, is scheduled to go into effect on May 15. It would more than double the fees webcasters must pay to record companies and artists to stream music online and would also apply retroactively to songs played over the Internet since January 1, 2006. In addition to overturning the March 2 CRB ruling, the bill—known as the Internet Radio Equality Act—would enact a uniform royalty fee structure for radio broadcasts via satellite, cable, or the Internet and would also give webcasters the option of paying royalties in the amount of 7.5% of revenues or 33-cents per hour per listener. Asserting that small webcasters would be especially hard hit by the CRB directive, a spokesman for DiMA, a representative of the webcasting industry, observed that the bill “sets a new standard for setting royalty rates that will level the playing field for Internet radio, avoid unfair bankruptcies . . . and removes the unfair advantage enjoyed by our competitors in the satellite radio community.”