WASHINGTON, DC – Countering a recent report by former FCC Commissioner Harold Furchgott-Roth, Philip M. Napoli, a leading progressive authority in media policy, filed a statement with the FCC today demonstrating that "the satellite radio market is in fact a distinct market for antitrust purposes, and that a merger of Sirius and XM would lead to monopoly conditions in the downstream consumer market, as well as monopsony conditions in the upstream programming market, that our antitrust laws are intended to protect."
Philip M. Napoli is an associate professor in the graduate school of business, and director of the Donald McGannon Communication Research Center at Fordham University in New York. His research and books have focused on media regulation and policy, receiving awards from organizations including the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, the International Communication Association, the Broadcast Education Association, and the National Business and Economics Society. Napoli has testified before Congress and the FCC on media regulation and policy issues and his previous work has received support from organizations such as the Ford Foundation, the Benton Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, and the Center for American Progress. He holds a Ph.D from Northwestern University.
The National Association of Broadcasters retained Napoli to examine the proposed satellite radio merger and offer his assessment as a respected expert in the telecommunications arena.
The National Association of Broadcasters is a trade association that advocates on behalf of more than 8,300 free, local radio and television stations and also broadcast networks before Congress, the Federal Communications Commission and the Courts. Information about NAB can be found at www.nab.org.