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FCC clearing slate for Sirius/XM merger in July?

updated 01:45 pm EDT, Wed July 9, 2008

FCC Clearing for Sirius XM

The FCC is telling XM Satellite Radio to clear its schedule for what could be a potential deal, says a report from Orbitcast. XM's legal counsel has allegedly been told by the US government agency to have all hands available for the rest of July and thus hints that the FCC is under pressure to decide quickly on the proposed merger between Sirius and XM within the next two weeks.

Signs from the government have increasingly pointed to the FCC hoping to hasten either approving or denying the union of the two satellite radio stations. The federal body has just recently put the Sirius/XM merger on its circulation slate, while XM has said it has reason to believe the long-delayed merger will be approved in the summer. The Department of Justice has already approved the deal from a legal perspective.

Sirius and XM first offered the merger in early 2007 as an attempt to shore up their successful but financially struggling satellite radio businesses as well as to create a stronger alternative to land-based radio. Critics that include non-satellite radio have charged that a single satellite provider would constitute a monopoly and lock HD Radio or other competing services out of car stereos and other audio equipment.



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  1. Guest

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    NAB/NPR Delay Tactic

    The NAB lobby through NPR is trying to throw yet another delay, stalling tactic in the approval of the XM/Sirius merger. Can't the FCC see through this b.s.?The NAB lobby is trying to say that there should be a "1 year" comment period for the channels that they propose for public use. If it wasn't just a delaying tactic, they would say a comment period without specifying a particular time. Why are they so hopped up on "1 year", in effect telling the FCC how to do its job?I hope the FCC can see that the NAB is simply trying to stomp out a nascent technology in its embryonic stage, a new technology that provides far greater variety of programming in a vehicle than terrestrial broadcasting, and in rural areas it's either satellite radio or just a very few stations on the over-the-air dial.How unfair and un-American is that?t

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    NAB/NPR Trying to Delay

    The NAB lobby through NPR is trying to throw yet another delay, stalling tactic in the approval of the XM/Sirius merger. Can't the FCC see through this b.s.?

    The NAB lobby is trying to say that there should be a "1 year" comment period for the channels that they propose for public use. If it wasn't just a delaying tactic, they would say a comment period without specifying a particular time. Why are they so hopped up on "1 year", in effect telling the FCC how to do its job?

    I hope the FCC can see that the NAB is simply trying to stomp out a nascent technology in its embryonic stage, a new technology that provides far greater variety of programming in a vehicle than terrestrial broadcasting, and in rural areas it's either satellite radio or just a very few stations on the over-the-air dial.

    How unfair and un-American is that?

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    Artistic License

    You take liberty with Orbitcast's report. They didn't clearly say that they were told to clear their schedules for "what could be a potential deal". You are embellishing their report. I encourage everyone to visit their web site to read it for themselves.

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