WASHINGTON, DC – - NAB filed this ex parte document today at the FCC regarding the proposed government-sanctioned monopoly of XM and Sirius.
"Now that NAB and others have had an opportunity to review the voluminous economic analysis that Applicants filed at the close of the pleading cycle, it is clearer than ever that the Commission would be discarding long-standing merger review standards if it approves this merger," the ex parte reads. "Applicants’ strategy in this regard has not been subtle; they recognize that following the Commission’s legal standards would kill the merger, so they try to kill the standards instead. The Commission’s acquiescence to such an approach would be arbitrary and capricious, inconsistent with its own precedent, and set the Commission’s merger review process on a risky course."
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.