Tuesday, April 10, 2007

NAB Files Another Comment Opposing the Merger

Today, April 10, 2007, the NAB filed another comment in opposition to the merger of Sirius and XM. It is more or less the same as the one before, but the order is different, plus a couple more articles were added.

This one contains a document submitted on behalf of Common Cause, Consumers Union, The Consumer Federation of America, Free Press, Media Access Project, and the Prometheus Radio Project regarding “The XM-Sirius Merger: Monopoly or Competition from New Technologies” before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights, March 20, 2007.

It also contains the article by Barry Saunders, Staff Writer, for the News and Observer, entitled, "Sirius-XM deal? Get serious".

You can read the entire filing here.

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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I hope the merger is blocked.. because when it comes right down to it there are only two satelitte radio companies.. yes they compete with the i-pod, but they also compete with regular radio, tellevision, movie theaters, dvd, cd, et.al... I want my XM Radio in the form it is now not a new version with what may likely be government regulation... sorry, I'm selfish this way..

Nabisco said...

Anonymous has a very valid point in his/her assertion that satellite radio competes with regular radio, as satellite operates on not only a national but also a local level. Were XM and Sirius to merge, the new company would have the financial wherewithal to artificially lower advertising costs and deprive the broadcasters of the revenue on which they rely. And in the spirit of full disclosure, I do some work with the NAB and support public broadcasting as an invaluable public resource.