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Old 01-18-2007, 09:12 AM   #1
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According to Lasar's Letter, an FCC-oriented blog at http://www.lasarletter.net/drupal/ XM has filed a letter with the FCC, in support of a recent Sirius petitiion that requests rules be promulgated to insure that WCS technologies do not interfere with SDARS repeaters. XM appears to be fully backing the Sirius proposal which includes the following points:
  • Emission limits be established for DARS repeaters and WCS transmitters. Sirius contends that the firm's research indicates that interference from WCS transmitters higher than -44 dBM (milliwatt decibels) will block service to satellite radio subscribers.
  • DARS and WCS licensees must give advance notice of their equipment rollouts. "Such notice will ensure all licensees have ample opportunity to investigate whether their operations will be affected by the new deployment and request adjustments, in advance, to avoid interference," Sirius writes.
  • Firms be permitted to establish perimeters of an agreed upon size where extra transmitters can be deployed to compensate for interference.
A couple of takeaways from this news...First, remember that at one point XM was trying to buy into WCS, to use that bandwidth to augment their own. Now that the deal has fallen through, they are free to work with Sirius to limit the damage WCS services can do to SDARS broadcasts. Next, this demonstates that even in the abscence of a merger, these two companies have plenty to gain by working against common enemies, rather than beating each other up. Finally, it shows that not ALL FCC regulation is bad for SDARS; some of it might even help!

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Meanwhile, Martin, not being satisfied with squashing competition in the phone and cable TV businesses, sets his sights on ruining the "free market" of sat radio.

FCC: rule barring sat radio merger can be changed

What are rules, but things that are meant to be broken at a whim. Why even bother with them? Clearly the wants of the corporations in the U.S. are more important than the will of the People. What friggin sell out.

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What are rules, but things that are meant to be broken at a whim. Why even bother with them? Clearly the wants of the corporations in the U.S. are more important than the will of the People. What friggin sell out.
The FCC is simply another Federal agency which now believes in governance by the corporate interests it controls.

BTW, the original blog post cites a received power of -44 dBM, which would indicate dB level related to a million Watts. The correct nomenclature in this case is dBm for the actual very low signal level (-44 dBm puts it into the picowatt range.)

10 (to the power X)

6 Mega - M
3 Kilo - K
2 Hecto - H
1 Deca - D
-1 deci - d
-2 centi - c
-3 milli - m
-6 micro- µ
-9 nano- n
-12 pico- p
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