Last updated: February 21, 2008 - 11:36am
PUERTO RICO, iBIQUITY QUESTION XM/SIRIUS MERGER
[SOURCE: Lasar's Letter on the FCC, AUTHOR: Matthew Lasar]
As the first anniversary of the proposed merger of XM and Sirius satellite radio approaches, critics and opponents of the union continue to weigh in with the Federal Communications Commission. This week's commenters included the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico's sole representative in Congress, and iBiquity HD radio. When the FCC created the Digital Satellite Radio service in 1997, it did not require coverage for Puerto Rico's four million residents, Representative Luis G. Fortuño noted in his letter to the Commission sent on Friday, January 18th. "My official position is to oppose the merger until such time that the exclusion of Puerto Rico and other noncontiguous United States jurisdictions from coverage area of satellite radio service ceases," Rep Fortuño's statement concludes. "My interest and concern include providing equal access to this technology to all U.S. citizens and encouraging industries doing business in the mainland to extend their services to the Puerto Rican market."
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