NAB Renews Plea For FCC Recall Of 'Unlawful' Satellite Radio Devices
February 12, 2007 at 1:43 PM (PT)
NAB Pres./CEO DAVID REHR today sent FCC Chairman KEVIN MARTIN a letter citing a recent report from the NEW YORK TIMES on satellite radio interference with local radio signals and called on the Commission to recall all satellite radio devices that unlawfully interfere with free over-the-air radio frequencies.
REHR noted that over-the-air radio listeners are routinely subjected to explicit and undesired programming from satellite radio companies, notably "The HOWARD STERN Show" on SIRIUS. Of particular concern are "FM listeners in their cars and listeners of public and religious programming on noncommercial stations typically located at the lower end of the FM band," the letter said.
Last year, REHR sent a letter to the heads of XM and SIRIUS urging each company to "voluntarily withdraw and replace all noncompliant satellite radio devices in circulation."
A 2006 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 interference limits set by the FCC. Furthermore, six of the non-compliant devices exceeded strength limits by 2,000% and one surpassed strength limits by 20,000%.