NAB Fights Satellite Radio Merger
February 14, 2008
NAB is still fighting the Sirius, XM merger, In a filing sent to the FCC, NAB argued that satellite radio services and local radio stations “are not good substitutes” for each other, and thus should not be grouped in the same radio product market. Because of that, the commission must conclude that the proposed merger between XM and Sirius “would create a monopoly in the satellite DARS market,” and that the companies shouldn’t be permitted to combine operations. NAB also said the proposed “merger-to-monopoly” would lead to higher prices and reduce choices for consumers.