After years of failing to meet expectations, both internet and satellite radio programming are finally challenging terrestrial radio in a manner similar to cable's challenge to broadcast television a generation earlier; these new technologies threaten to hijack market share and revenue from a traditional broadcast medium much as cable did. Broadband technology enables one to broadcast talk radio and music over the internet to reach listeners via their personal computers. Satellite broadcasters use a pay model, selling special radios for listeners to tune into digital satellite programming. Online and satellite stations are increasing their audiences while traditional radio has struggled for over a decade to maintain its audience. The recent high-profile signing of Howard Stern by Sirius Satellite Radio and the 43% average yearly growth in listeners that internet radio has experienced since 2000 have pushed these new media to the forefront of popular culture.
"PERVASIVE NEW MEDIA: INDECENCY REGULATION AND THE END OF THE DISTINCTION BETWEEN BROADCAST TECHNOLOGY AND SUBSCRIPTION-BASED MEDIA,"
Yale Journal of Law and Technology: Vol. 9
, Article 3.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.law.yale.edu/yjolt/vol9/iss1/3