Wednesday, July 23, 2008

FCC member votes against XM-Sirius deal

"The Wall Street Journal reported in its online edition Tuesday. Among the three votes cast in the FCC's review so far, Copps, a vocal opponent of increased media consolidation, is the first to vote against the deal, according to the newspaper."

Why is this being held up. Satellite radio will not be a monopoly as long as free radio exists. Add to that the rise of internet radio, iPods and other devices, and this merger should have been a non-issue. This vote against is really just a way to watch a company fail. The Department of Justice approved this deal a long, long time ago; this delay is simply ridiculous. Add to this the ruling that through out the CBS fine the FCC imposed for the Janet Jackson Super Bowl incident and it demonstrates that the FCC has lost control.