Compulsory license for US music- similar to Britain's TV tax?

Interesting way of conceptualizing the search for a way for everyone to pay for music. In a “blanket licensing” scheme, everyone pays some money to their ISP which is then distributed to labels/artists. I think there is a sense that micropayments just aren’t going to work any time soon, so maybe this is a good alternative.

The BBC is funded by a compulsory Television Licence, which according to wikipedia is a kind of "hypothecation tax"  (Note to self: use hypothecation to win at Scrabble some time) which seems to work, though it requires some level of enforcement. 

Ultimately, the argument that

No civilized society, [Warner music consultant Jim Griffin] adds, can endure "purely voluntary payment for art, knowledge, and culture."

Amen to that.  We as a society are so litigious that we only deal in the extremes, it appears.  We've got the pirates vs. the record companies, with the the companies unable as a practical matter to recover from damages from every person with an "infringing use."   The strategy this far has been to sue anyone they can find "making available" files on a files-sharing network. 

In reality, if everyone paid a little, we might have a much better policy than no one (or a minority) paying "some."

Read the story, reported from the PFF's Aspen event, here "Functionally voluntary" music may lead to blanket licenses.