Georgia Congressman Writes Against XM/Sirius Merger
December 27, 2007 at 5:28 AM (PT)
Rep. PAUL BROUN (R-GA) has written to FCC Chairman KEVIN MARTIN, Attorney General MICHAEL MUKASEY and FTC Chairman DEBORAH PLATT MAJORAS, expressing his concern over the proposed merger of XM SATELLITE RADIO and SIRIUS SATELLITE RADIO.
BROUN wrote, "the elimination of competition would hurt my constituents who are consumers of satellite radio." He continued, the FCC "demonstrated sound reasoning" when it said before granting the satellite radio licenses to XM and SIRIUS that one licensee would not be allowed to acquire the other. "The FCC has never before allowed the only two competitors in a market to combine. Present circumstances do not warrant the FCC's complete reversal of its conclusions in the satellite radio licensing decision."
BROUN wrote, asking MARTIN, MUKASEY and MAJORAS to "maintain the market competition that is analogous to the competition in the satellite television arena."