Sirius Files For Alaska Repeaters
December 12, 2006 at 5:51 AM (PT)
SIRIUS SATELLITE RADIO is asking the FCC to allow it to serve three areas of ALASKA using terrestrial repeaters. The ANCHORAGE DAILY NEWS reports that SIRIUS, whose satellite footprint does not adequately reach ALASKA, wants to install terrestrial repeaters in ANCHORAGE, FAIRBANKS, and JUNEAU, and that the ALASKA BROADCASTERS ASSOCIATION opposes the plan.
ANCHORAGE MEDIA GROUP/MORRIS COMMUNICATIONS cluster GM and ABA Pres. SCOTT SMITH told the paper that local broadcasters "don't care if [SIRIUS wants] to bring the service into the area, but if they're a satellite service, then they should put the bird up." SIRIUS and rival XM SATELLITE RADIO are not marketed in ALASKA due to weak reception, although some areas of the southeastern part of the state can receive the signal.