NAB Complains To FCC About Satellite Repeaters
February 15, 2008 at 3:22 PM (PT)
The NAB has filed comments with the FCC complaining about the operation of terrestrial repeaters by SIRIUS SATELLITE RADIO and XM SATELLITE RADIO. The 14-page filing chronicles violations by both satellite companies, including XM admitting that 19 of its repeaters were never authorized, 142 were deployed at locations different from the FCC-authorized sites, at least 221 are operating at excessive power levels, and 21 have a second or third unauthorized antenna while 79 have antennae at excessive height.
As for SIRIUS, the NAB alleges that 8 of its repeaters are at locations more than 1.4 miles from the authorized site and four are over 5 miles from the proper locations. One SIRIUS repeater in LANSING, MI was allegedly deployed 67 miles from its authorized location.
The NAB wants the FCC to codify language recommended by the NAB and XM that reads, "SDARS repeaters are restricted to the simultaneous retransmission of the complete programming, and only that programming, transmitted by the satellite directly to the SDARS subscribers' receivers, and may not be used to distribute any information not also transmitted to all subscribers' receivers."
The NAB added that the Commission should "assure the public that it will carefully monitor and enforce the SDARS licensees' compliance with this and all final repeater rules, especially given their historical pattern and practice of violating the terms and conditions of the STAs governing their terrestrial repeaters."