Thursday, May 17, 2007

FCC Comment Scorecard - 5-17 Edition

May 17, 2007
Tyler Savery

Anti Merger Camp Rallies

Since yesterdays report 79 new comments have been filed bringing the total to date to 448. Of today’s 79comments, 3 were for the merger and 76 were against. Interestingly, 21 of the anti-merger comments seemed to be part of a campaign where nearly identical comments were filed by differing individuals. An example of one of the form letters is below:


"I have been an XM subscriber for many years. I am concerned that the proposed merger of XM and Sirius radio will substantially change the programming and content I specifically selected when I signed up for XM. A merged company will remove competition for customers. The merged company will have no incentive to improve content, add services, or control subscription prices. The merged company would be a true monopoly. Satellite radio provides content that commercial radio can not legally broadcast and as such can not be considered competition. I would ask that you refuse to license a merged company and protect the consumers that you represent."

The events of today see the anti merger crowd gaining over 12 points.

PRO MERGER – 58.93% (down from 71%)

ANTI MERGER – 35.94% (up from 23.58%)

NOT APPLICABLE – 4.46% (down from 5.2%)

If you are interested in filing your opinion on the merger, you can do so by clicking the link in the right sidebar of this site. Readers should also note that ALL comments filed with the FCC become part of the docket and record.

Position - Long Sirius, Long XM

5/17/2007 09:08:00 PM

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  • 0&A pest are letting their voices be heard as part of the program to derail xmsr for yanking them off the air....

    they are also asking people to contact the sec for certain problems related to de-activations that may maintain a inflated sub base into june...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 18, 2007 2:13 AM  

  • well the pest army is being called upon to request that the fcc disallow the merger of Sirius and xmsr.....heres what the pest are up to currently..

    you can read about here http://www.wackbag.com/

    Just a thought, but I wonder if thoughts to f**k up the merger sent to the fcc might be even more powerful if we take the opposite stance to what we feel. Instead of just doing the whole "limits competition" angle, what about if we protested the merger based on the "disgusting nature of the content". My guess is that the f**k**g rubes at the FCC will take the bible thumper approach way more seriously. Additionally, it might step up the pressure to take some of this out on that cocksucker howard.

    If we truly want to end the merger, I think taking the approach of "middle american rube" will have a lot more impact than anything else. At this point, anything that will f**k xm is a bonus in my eyes.

    Any thoughts?

    Originally Posted by Feedback
    Here is what I posted as a comment on this page:


    I believe that the proposed XM / SIRIUS merger would be very bad for consumers, leading to only ONE company offering this important service. Everyone knows that when there is no competition you end up with higher prices and less consumer innovation, neither of which are in the best interests of moving Satellite Radio forward. I urge you to deny this proposed merger.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 18, 2007 2:53 AM  

  • http://satellitestandard.blogspot.com/2007/05/fcc-comment-scorecard-5-17-edition.html

    To whom it may concern, I am a subscriber to Sirius Satellite Radio and quite frankly i cannot understand the lack of interest in seeing this industry survive and thrive. It seems that some at the FCC have something personal against Mel Karmazin and his company. With other sources of news and entertainment -- like conventional and digital radio, iPods and mobile Internet devices, there is plenty of competition in this media/entertainment field. If HUGE companies like Exxon and Mobil, or JP Morgan and Chase can merge, i cannot understand the hold up with this approval [which seems vital for satellite radio survival. Thank you for your time. Steven, Brooklyn, NY

    By Anonymous Steven, bklyn, ny, at May 20, 2007 9:07 AM  

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