NAB Wants Satcaster Violations Made Public
July 18, 2007 at 11:28 AM (PT)
The NAB has asked the FCC to release information about XM and SIRIUS' violations of FCC rules governing FM modulators and terrestrial repeaters. The group wants these transgressions on the public record to help its case against the proposed merger. "The information at issue here is inextricably linked to the pending application of XM and Sirius to merge and become the nation's sole satellite radio provider," yesterday's filing stated.
To read the eight-page filing, click here.
"XM and SIRIUS may operate above the Earth, but they are not above the law," NAB EVP/Media Relations DENNIS WHARTON said. "Their continued reluctance to fully disclose key facts related to past violations is yet another example of why these two companies should not be trusted with monopoly power."
The NAB has consistently lobbied to disclose the satcasters' rules vioalations, be it thorugh the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) or through studies sent to CONGRESS.