[opendtv] Re: News: Merger of Sirius and XM Approved by F.C.C.

  • From: "John Shutt" <shuttj@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2008 00:39:00 -0400


"The final merger agreement did not require the combined company to include a 
chip in its radios that will allow customers to receive digital signals from 
land-based radio stations, which would have helped the land-based radio 

"Tate, who was lobbied intensely by the industry in the final weeks, said she 
"could not in good conscience support a government-mandated requirement on the 
backs of American consumers at this time.""

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Adam Goldberg 

  There was a proposal to mandate HD Radio in satellite receivers.  On behalf 
of my employer, I lobbyied against that requirement.  I have not seen any press 
reports that indicates what conditions were attached to the approval (other 
than the $20M fines).  I have seen reports that the documents would be 
available this coming week, and when that happens, I'm sure someone will post 
the details here.

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