Thursday, May 17, 2007

FCC Comment Scorecard - Merger Well Out In Front

May 16, 2007
Tyler Savery

SSG is introducing a new segment where we track the comments filed with the FCC regarding the proposed merger of Sirius and XM. As of May 16, 2007 a total of 369 comments have been filed with the FCC. We will update this segment on a regular basis.

At this point, those that want the merger are winning the race by a country mile.

The comments range from brief notes to long letters to ex parte communication notices, etc.

We have broken the comments down into three categories:

FOR – A person or organization expressing an opinion for the merger
AGAINST – A person or organization expressing an opinion against the merger
NOT APPLICABLE – communications that either expressed no opinion, or were unrelated.

Of the 369 comments the following is the breakdown:

FOR THE MERGER: 262 = 71.00%


NOT APPLICABLE: 20 = 5.42%

Interestingly, a large number of the comments on the negative side came from the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and C3SR, a group that claims to be the “only organization that advocates on behalf of the satellite radio consumer”. This begs the question as to exactly who C3SR claims to advocate for (they are funded in part by the NAB), and whether they should even be claiming to advocate on the satellite radio consumers behalf. A quick tour of the C3SR site gave no membership numbers to indicate how large of a group they claim to support. Many comments took the NAB and C3SR to task while voicing their support for the merger. Between 15% and 20% of the negative comments came from these two organizations.

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.

position - Long Sirius, Long XM

5/17/2007 12:13:00 AM

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