Last updated: February 21, 2008 - 5:26am
SIRIUS/XM TEAM UP ON FCC SATELLITE REPEATER RULES
[SOURCE: Lasar's Letter on the FCC, AUTHOR: Matthew Lasar]
As debate continues over a possible merger between Sirius and XM satellite radio, XM has filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission backing Sirius's proposed rules for satellite repeaters and wireless transmitters. Final regulations governing these two technologies "should take into account the well-established hazard that terrestrially-based services can pose to adjacent band satellite services," two attorneys for XM Radio Inc. wrote to the FCC on January 5th in support of Sirius' proposals. XM filed the statement to back a Sirius petition submitted on October 17th, 2006 that outlines broadcasting rules for satellite Digital Audio Radio Service (DARS or SDARS) repeaters and Wireless Communications Service (WCS) transmitters. Both XM and Sirius use DARS repeaters to reach customers whose receivers cannot receive a direct satellite signal. But WCS broadcasts, used to pinpoint the location of cell phone users, can sometimes interfere with satellite repeaters.
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