More Comments on XM/Sirius Merger
The Federal Communications Commission continued to take a lot of other comments on the proposed merger between XM and Sirius in recent days, with some entities opposing the deal and others asking for conditions tied to the transaction.
The high level of comments at the FCC on the deal may not come as a surprise, given that the agency is the last regulatory hurdle the companies must cross before consummating their merger. Antitrust staff at the Justice Department cleared the deal in March.
Among those commenting on the merger was the National Association of Broadcasters, which continued to air its concerns with the deal.
The NAB said it met with FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein on the topic, and complained that the merger would violate the commission's "long-held, pro-competitive prohibition against spectrum monopolies." A merged XM-Sirius entity would control all spectrum allocated to satellite digital radio service, the association said in a filing detailing its meeting with Adelstein.
Also, iBiquity, which developed the HD Radio format for traditional radio, wrote the FCC about the merger last week. The company said any approval given to XM and Sirius to combine operations should contain a condition that HD Radio technology become part of satellite radio receivers with AM/FM capabilities.