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September 21, 2006
Dennis Wharton
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NAB Urges XM, Sirius to Pull Non-Compliant Wireless Transmitters

WASHINGTON, DC -- NAB President and CEO David K. Rehr sent this letter to the heads of XM and Sirius Satellite Radio urging each company to "voluntarily withdraw and replace all noncompliant satellite radio devices in circulation." Rehr's letter coincides with his opening address delivered this morning at the NAB Radio Show in Dallas where he called on the satellite radio companies to recall the offending devices.

A recent study of 17 wireless devices commonly used to transmit audio signals from satellite radio devices and MP3 players to in-dash car showed that 13 of the 17 devices exceeded field strength limits set by the FCC. Furthermore, six of the noncompliant devices exceeded strength limits by 2,000% and one surpassed strength limits by 20,000%.

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