WASHINGTON -- NAB Executive Vice President of Media Relations Dennis Wharton issued the following statement in response to a survey released today by XM and Sirius.
"Here's what XM and Sirius conveniently did not ask poll participants: Do you like monopolies? Does competition restrain a monopolist's price-gouging? Should government reward two companies that routinely violate FCC rules with a monopoly? Did you know you will have to buy a new radio that costs $200 or more to get the alleged benefits of a la carte programming? Did you know that Howard Stern and other 'talent' will cost consumers more not less under a la carte? Did you know that under a la carte, the per-channel price of a merged XM-Sirius will rise by 40 percent to 188 percent?"
"Today's poll signals the lengths to which XM and Sirius will game the system in order to achieve monopoly status."
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