NAB Sponsored Anti-Merger Sat Studies Sent To Congress
April 13, 2007 at 7:55 AM (PT)
The NAB sent two separate documents to Members of Congress and their staffs this week, highlighting opposition to the proposed merger of XM and SIRIUS SATELLITE RADIO.
The first document came from PHILIP M. NAPOLI, Director of the DONALD MCGANNON Communication Research Center at FORDHAM UNIVERSITY. NAPOLI authored an eight-page report which found that such a merger would "lead to conditions of both monopoly and monopsony that our antitrust laws are intended to prevent. The public interest remains better served by the preservation of competing service providers seeking to provide the best possible service at the lowest possible price."
Additional opposition came from former FTC Chairman JAMES C. MILLER, who authored a letter in opposition to the proposed merger. "This is a two-down-to-one merger. There are no other providers in the market." wrote MILLER. "Accordingly, I conclude that the merger of XM and SIRIUS would be contrary to the public interest."
The NAB retained NAPOLI and MILLER to examine the proposed satellite radio merger and offer their assessment as respected experts in the telecommunications and economics arena.