Students Form Advocacy Group For Satellite Radio Subscribers
January 15, 2007 at 10:51 AM (PT)
A group of law students at the GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY in WASHINGTON, DC have announced the launch of a new consumer advocacy group dedicated to ensuring continued competition in the digital satellite radio industry. The "Consumer Coalition for Competition in Satellite Radio" ("C3SR") was spawned in response to rumors about the potential merger of XM and SIRIUS.
"The competitive duopoly in satellite digital radio created by the FCC in 1997 is clearly at risk," said C3SR founding member CHRIS REALE. "If the only two companies operating in the satellite radio industry are permitted to combine, consumers not only will lose their choice, but they will be totally at the mercy of a monopoly provider."
"Hopefully, if Sirius and XM announce a merger, we will have enough support and momentum to ensure that existing subscribers don't get the shaft.
C3SR made its debut at the National Conference on Media Reform in MEMPHIS. Initially, C3SR plans to raise consumer awareness about the potential negative impacts of a merger. REALE said, "Hopefully, when, and if, SIRIUS and XM announce a merger agreement and pursue regulatory approvals, we will have enough support and momentum to ensure that existing subscribers don't get the shaft."