Saturday, March 31, 2007

The FCC Says Sirius And XM Do Not Compete With Terrestrial Radio

Ron Chase at Radio OnLine's headline at first made me spit out my coffee.. until I read NAB President David Rehr's reaction quote:
"This FCC decision that the current duopoly of XM and Sirius do not compete with radio, iPods or any other audio sources in the satellite radio market further undermines the arguments made by XM and Sirius to obtain a government-sanctioned monopoly. While the FCC clearly intends to examine all issues surrounding the XM/Sirius merger, the hurdle the parties must overcome to convince the FCC to change direction is very high. This is a dramatic blow to XM/Sirius' presumption of a broader market, and still more evidence that XM and Sirius compete ferociously against each other in the market for nationwide multichannel mobile audio services, and no one else."

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