NAB Asks For 'Timeout" in FCC Sat Merger Review
October 10, 2007 at 12:08 PM (PT)
The NAB has asked the FCC to defer action on XM and SIRIUS' request to merge until it has sufficient time to review pending documentation to be released through a recent Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed by NAB.
"Specifically, NAB requests that the Commission formally toll its 180-day 'time clock' until NAB has a reasonable opportunity to review and supplement the record with certain documents relating to the serious apparent wrongdoing by XM and Sirius 'executive and senior-level employees' regarding the operation of FM modulators/transmitters and/or terrestrial repeaters," read the nine-page filing. "[T]here is a compelling public interest in having these documents considered and evaluated in the context of the merger proceeding."
Earlier this year, NAB filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the FCC seeking information related to the satellite radio companies' reported rules violations.