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Old 05-26-2004, 03:30 PM   #1
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The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), the organization that represents the large radio and television owners, is using its lobbyists, campaign contributions and political influence to have Congress and the Federal Communications Commission limit XM's ability to provide you with "locally oriented" content, including the new XM Instant Traffic & Weather channels.

The broadcasters feel threatened by the success of satellite radio. Instead of competing and improving their services, they want the government to protect their businesses by attacking satellite radio. This same group has tried to block every innovative technology that has been warmly welcomed into America's homes and cars. In the 1940's, radio broadcasters tried to squash television. In the 1970's, AM broadcasters tried to put the kibosh on FM stations. They never win and they never learn.

The NAB might have powerful lobbyists and big bags of campaign contributions, but we have YOU and the millions of other loyal XM fans who can tell Washington to spend its time worrying about real issues. On this page, we provide you the information you need to communicate your support for satellite radio to the FCC and to Congress. XM has played by the rules since day one. This is a question of consumer choice and the freedoms protected by the First Amendment. Let your voice be heard!

This Issue In the News:
How Broadcasters Want to Silence Satellite Radio
We will use this section of the website to keep you up-to-date on any future issues affecting satellite radio, so check back from time-to-time.

Until June 4, 2004, the FCC is soliciting public comments regarding the NAB petition that seeks to stop XM from providing XM Instant Traffic & Weather.

Please use the form below to tell the FCC that you benefit from listening to XM Satellite Radio and its traffic and weather channels. Explain how satellite radio provides variety and quality that are not available elsewhere. You pay for these services and it should not be up to the National Association of Broadcasters to dictate what you are permitted to hear. Respectfully urge the FCC to reject the NAB's petition 04-160 and to support XM's ability to provide the kind of programming that you demand and deserve.


Representatives Charles "Chip" Pickering (R-MS) and Gene Green (D-TX) have introduced a bill in the House of Representatives, HR 4026, which represents another attempt by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) to restrict satellite radio from offering traffic and weather and other valuable services to its listeners.

The NAB has been aggressively enlisting other congressmen to cosponsor the bill. So far, Capitol Hill policy-makers have heard only from the NAB and its lobbyists. Now it is time for the millions who are passionate about XM to act. We all need to educate our members of Congress about satellite radio and ask them to oppose HR 4026!

The best way to contact your representatives is to call the switchboard at the House of Representatives: (202) 225-3121. Ask to speak with your elected representative and tell them that you support satellite radio and oppose HR 4026.

If you have an opportunity, please visit your representatives either in Washington, DC or in their district offices this summer. Talk to them about your support for satellite radio. You can also email members of Congress, but this has a much lesser impact than calling or visiting in person.

Most importantly, we encourage you to contact the leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee where this bill was introduced, and tell them you strongly oppose its further consideration:
Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX)
Chairman, Energy & Commerce Committee
(202) 225-2002

Rep. John D. Dingell (D-MI)
Ranking Member, Energy & Commerce Committee
(202) 225-4071

Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI)
Chairman, Telecommunications & Internet Subcommittee
(202) 225-3761

Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-MA)
Ranking Member, Telecommunications & Internet Subcommittee
(202) 225-2836

Rep. Gene Green (D-TX)
Sponsor, HR 4026
(202) 225-1688

Rep. Chip Pickering (R-MS)
Sponsor, HR 4026
(202) 225-5031

With more than 1.7 million subscribers, the XM Nation's greatest strength is in its numbers. Washington needs to hear from all of us to put an end to the broadcasters' bullying of satellite radio.

Refer friends, family, and other XM subscribers to this page,, and ask them to oppose HR 4026
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I sent the email. Hopefully we can do some good.
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Old 05-26-2004, 09:43 PM   #3
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Yeah like FM is going to survive another 5 years........Yeah HELLO!
I turned FM on for 2 seconds after leaving Sirius on,I HATE FM NOW!
Yuck ,like even if they kill out traffic streams,which they wont-FM is still doomed-
Fm will go all ethnic in 2006,all spanish or all commercial,just wait-
Just like AM ----
With Mp3 and Sattelite radio ,FM is DOOMED to Die like th 8-track.
Bye bye Fm....
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I'm glad they put this together! Snaps to XM!
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Exactly... Kudo's to XM. I certainly sent my opposition in.

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Yep. Me too. I posted what I wrote in the Sirius Galaxy. Xiggy posted it over there as well.
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Default FCC Docket 04-160

Regarding FCC Docket 04-160, since others have posted their public comment, I guess I'll post mine:

This issue seems pretty simple to me: As long as satellite radio companies broadcast whatever they want, and it’s sent nationwide, I don’t think they’re violating their charter. If they choose to broadcast the dog races at the Archibald, WV County Fair, that’s their prerogative as long as they do it nationwide. Even an ongoing service, such as the daily count of the scorpion density in the Mojave Desert, that’s their prerogative, as long as they broadcast it nationwide.

As for me, why shouldn’t I be able to PAY for an alternative, perhaps superior, traffic service if I so desire? Isn’t that the basis of most commerce…if there is something I feel is better and is worth the extra money, shouldn’t I be given the option to purchase it?


Also, you can go to and fill out the public comment filing yourself.

The whole concept of denying the satellite services of providing a public service such as traffic and weather is anti-competitive and contrary to the “public service, convenience, and necessity” (another charter that I seem to have heard of in the past). It seems to deny the public a service that is certainly a convenience if one is a satellite radio subscriber.
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