FCC Investigating XM Repeaters Again
February 23, 2007 at 5:46 AM (PT)
The FCC is asking XM SATELLITE RADIO HOLDINGS INC. for information on its terrestrial repeater network. In OCTOBER 2006 (NET NEWS 10/6/06) XM admitted power and other violations to the FCC. The repeaters supplement the satellite radio signal, ensuring that the service works even when direct line of sight to the satellite is obscured.
XM wants approval to continue running the network, but the characteristics of some repeaters differ from the data submitted to FCC when it originally approved the system, XM said in a SECURITIES & EXCHANGE COMMISSION filing.
XM has met with FCC staff about the matter and got an inquiry letter from the agency on FEBRUARY 15, the filing said. The filing didn't say what information the FCC requested in the letter. They could fine XM or force it to change its repeaters, which could harm the service, according to yesterday's filing.