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A monopoly in satellite radio is a big no says FCC

According to several reports, FCC chairman Kevin Martin said that it is very unlikely the FCC will allow Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. and XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. to merge. Both companies represent the two leading satellite radio entities currently in business in the U.S. and unfortunately, a merger in the eyes of the FCC is an obvious road to anti-competitive grounds.

Both Sirius and XM have been battling it out for the last several years, and in 2006 both companies saw their revenues drop as well as subscriber numbers drop. This peaked a notion in the industry that it was very possible that the two companies were in negotiations to go through a merger.

Share prices from both companies had dropped significantly in 2006, with Sirius shares dropping roughly 38-percent and XM shares dropping a whopping 46-percent of their value. Despite the shares dropping, the two companies continue to operate on speculation of a merger, which was also fueled by remarks made by XM CEO Mel Karmazin and chairman Gary Parsons. With their remarks, shares of both companies jumped last month but have since declined.

It is very unlikely, less than 50-percent chance, that Sirius and XM will receive FCC approval for merger, according to Martin.  Even so, both companies will have to pass anti-trust regulations and audits. "There is a prohibition on one entity owning both of these businesses," said Martin.


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By Spivonious on 1/24/2007 11:12:16 AM , Rating: 2
Oh I don't have an iPod, or any MP3 player for that matter. Just stating my opinion on why satellite radio is in trouble.

For me, I also enjoy not knowing what's next. I also know for a fact (since my friend has Sirius and my sister has XM) that they have no channels for the kind of music in which I like to discover new bands.

Maybe it's because we have a pretty good classic rock station around here that does 10 songs in a row? I don't mind hearing commercials, especially since it's free to listen to.

Good for you on your donation, but it's generally considered extremely tacky to state to the world that you donated something, i.e. "Look at me, I'm great!"


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