Wisconsin A.G., Kansas Senator Ask FCC To Block Sat Merger
April 11, 2008 at 5:13 AM (PT)
WISCONSIN Attorney General J.B. VAN HOLLEN, who previously unsuccessfully lobbied Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust THOMAS O. BARNETT to block the XM-SIRIUS merger, tries again, this time sending a letter to FCC Chairman KEVIN MARTIN urging the Commission to turn the merger down as "bad for consumers and bad for competition."
In the APRIL 7 missive, VAN HOLLEN cited increased consumer costs and monololy power in the satellite radio category as reasons to reject the merger.
Brownback Cites Indecency As Reason To Turn Down Merger
Also weighing in against the merger, Sen. SAM BROWNBACK (R-KS) told MARTIN in a letter that the JUSTICE DEPARTMENT's approval of the deal was wrong and that the companies. who he decried as "peddling obscene and indecent material," are prohibited from merging by law.