U.S. Electronics Proposes 'Open Device' For Satcasters
May 27, 2008 at 1:50 PM (PT)
The firm U.S. ELECTRONICS offered a detailed proposal that outlines how the FCC should protect consumers' access to satellite radio networks in the event the agency approves the merger between SIRIUS and XM.
The company proposes an 'open device' condition not unlike the one recently imposed by the FCC on a key portion of the Upper 700 MHz "C Block" spectrum, which was purchased by VERIZON WIRELESS at auction this year for $4.75 billion. Through 'open device' competition, consumers benefit from better service, greater innovation, lower cost and higher quality products -- all of which suffer without competitive market forces.
"We believe that this condition will benefit consumers by allowing openness, competition and innovation in the design, manufacture and distribution of satellite radio hardware," U.S. ELECTRONICS spokesperson KATHY WALLMAN said. "Consumers will benefit from greater choice, lower prices and better products and service, while the satellite radio network will benefit from more paying subscribers."
The proposal, as outlined by U.S. ELECTRONICS, does not propose mandatory inclusion of HD technology into these devices, which may be one reason a SIRIUS blog seems amenable to the proposal. Here's what SIRIUS BUZZ said.