WASHINGTON, DC – - NAB today filed a 30-page response to comments on the proposed monopoly-merger of XM and Sirius.
Noting that such a merger would "violate long-standing Commission policies against spectrum monopolies and the procompetitive vision enshrined by the Telecommunications Act of 1996," the NAB filing concluded "there is no legal or factual basis upon which the Commission can approve the proposed merger between XM and Sirius."
NAB's response also cited a study by telecommunications economist Professor Stephen S. Wildman, co-director of the Quello Center for Telecommunication Management and Law at Michigan State University. Wildman's report studies the pricing and advertising dimensions of the satellite radio market and concludes that the FCC should deny XM and Sirius's Merger Application.
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.