Asian Lobby Argues Against XM/Sirius Merger
July 17, 2007 at 2:41 PM (PT)
THE ASIAN AMERICAN JUSTICE CENTER has argued against the proposed XM/SIRIUS SATELLITE radio merger in comments filed with the FCC. The group asserted that the proposed merger would "create a monopoly to the detriment of the non-English language minority radio market," and that "the anticipated high costs of subscribing to satellite radio as a result of the...proposed merger would have an adverse impact felt more significantly by minority communities."
Other objections include diminishing "access to satellite radio" in terms of less non-English-language programming, and the likelihood that such a merger "could open the door to other mega-mergers within the terrestrial radio industry, and/or to a satellite radio monopoly engaging in unfair competition and anti-competitive practices against terrestrial radio broadcasters."
Former FTC Chairman: Satellite Radio Isn't A Luxury
Meanwhile, former FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION Chairman JAMES MILLER, retained by the NAB to weigh in against the merger, filed a statement with the FCC disputing the characterization of satellite radio as a "luxury item" and arguing against a "hands-off' attitude to the merger, stating, "A large portion of satellite radio consumers have incomes that are relatively modest, and for many of them the service is more essential than luxury."