Kerry Writes FCC's Martin To Voice Concerns On Satellite Merger
April 3, 2008 at 4:19 PM (PT)
In a MARCH 26th letter to FCC Chairman KEVIN MARTIN, Sen. JOHN KERRY (D-MA) voices "serious concerns" about the merger's impact on consumers and urges MARTIN to "resist rubber stamping the JUSTICE DEPARTMENT's determination that sufficient competition exists." Noting that the Commission's original order establishing satellite radio prohibits any sale or transfer of either service unless the Commission finds that the deal would serve the public interest, KERRY writes that the merger "would seem to directly contradict the intent of the Commission in establishing this service."
KERRY tells MARTIN that "if left unchecked, the entity that would emerge from this partnership would be capable of exercising monopolistic powers that could potentially result in diminished service at increased rates to consumers." He adds that if the FCC does approve the deal, it should "consider appropriate conditions that will effectively protect the American consumer from what could prove to be an entity with strong monopoly power within the Digital Audio Radio market."