C3SR Complains About FCC Sat Merger Ex Parte Meetings
June 17, 2008 at 5:08 AM (PT)
The group calling itself the CONSUMER COALITION FOR COMPETITION IN SATELLITE RADIO (C3SR) has filed another petition to the FCC asking for hearings on the satellite merger, charging the Commission with holding ex parte meetings with SIRIUS SATELLITE RADIO and XM SATELLITE RADIO without the companies filing the requisite public disclosures.
C3SR, a group of GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY law students whose backing has come under scrutiny for its ties to the NAB and traditional broadcasters, says that the merger should be subject to a hearing regarding redacted documents filed by SIRIUS and the ex parte meetings, which took place on MAY 30th and JUNE 4th, 6th, and 9th.
C3SR's counsel JULIAN L. SHEPARD of WILLIAMS MULLEN said, "The entire FCC process is now unreasonably shrouded in secrecy. Sirius and XM are trading on the secrecy of the highly confidential documents in the court of public opinion. They have refused to come forth with the facts. In public, SIRIUS and XM are denying the facts in the highly confidential documents, but they have not submitted any evidence to support their denial. Meanwhile, SIRIUS and XM are saying what they wish in private ex parte meetings with the FCC."