NAB's Rehr Writes Two More Anti-Satellite Letters To FCC
October 24, 2006 at 12:51 PM (PT)
The NAB continues its campaign against satellite radio with two letters to the FCC from Pres./CEO DAVID REHR complaining about SIRIUS and XM.
The first letter calls on the FCC to "immediately commence a full investigation into both the actual and reported operations of Sirius and XM's terrestrial repeater networks" in a challenge to the satellite carriers' requests for Special Temporary Authority for their repeaters and disclosures of operations at variance with their permits.
The second letter takes another shot at SIRIUS and XM's "privileged regulatory position," despite what REHR calls "the expanding delivery of complimentary satellite radio services to nonsubscribers," citing XM's free subscription trials for ACURA buyers and the two-day free trial of HOWARD STERN's show on the Net.
"Drawing a regulatory distinction between satellite and traditional broadcast radio simply because satellite radio content is available on a subscription basis," REHR writes, "may no longer be justified."