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Old 12-12-2006, 06:58 PM   #1
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From Dec. 12, 2006 Anchorage Daily News:

Alaska might get Sirius Satellite radio
SATELLITE: Subscription broadcaster wants to place transmitters in three cities.
By RICHARD RICHTMYER
Anchorage Daily News

Published: December 12, 2006
Last Modified: December 12, 2006 at 09:48 AM

Sirius Satellite Radio, a subscription service with over 100 channels, could be coming to Alaska.
The business has asked federal regulators for permission to build three land-based transmitters that will enable it to beam the programming to customers around Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau.
Alaska radio broadcasters oppose the plan, arguing the company ought to stick to delivering its programming through satellites and pointing to problems Sirius recently has had with transmitters in the Lower 48.
Others welcome the idea, saying Alaskans have long clamored for the wide variety of music, news, sports and other special-interest programming that has attracted more than 5 million subscribers to the satellite service.
Patrick Reilly, a spokesman for New York-based Sirius, refused to talk about his company's plans Monday, such as when it would build transmitters or what range they would have. He deferred questions to a Nov. 7 filing with the Federal Communications Commission.
In the filing, Sirius says it wants to build digital audio radio service repeaters in Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau, as well as another in Honolulu. The repeaters would receive the satellite signals and rebroadcast them through the air in much the same way regular radio stations air their programming.
Sirius said it needs to set up this type of system because its satellites are focused over the Lower 48.
Scott Smith, president of the Alaska Broadcasters Association, said it would be unfair for the satellite radio company, which is governed by different rules than over-the-air broadcasters, to be allowed to set up an over-the-air system.
"We don't care if they want to bring the service into the area, but if they're a satellite service, then they should put the bird up," said Smith, who is general manager of Anchorage Media Group, a unit of Morris Communications that owns six local radio stations.
Sirius has 139 such repeaters throughout the country, according to its latest quarterly financial report to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. In that report, the company disclosed it had to shut down 11 of them in October because they were operating outside the range permitted by the FCC.
Smith said area broadcasters are pointing to that as a reason to worry that Sirius' planned Alaska repeaters might interfere with local radio broadcasts.
Sirius broadcasts 133 channels of music, sports, talk, entertainment, traffic and weather to more than 5 million subscribers across the Lower 48. The service requires special equipment, which is sometimes pre-installed in new cars, and costs $12.95 a month.
Some residents of Southeast Alaska have been able to pick up the Sirius signal, or that of its competitor XM Radio. But the companies haven't marketed to Alaskans because the reception is spotty.
Chuck Schuman, president of Microcom, an Anchorage-based satellite TV equipment and service seller, said he's been working for years to try to get satellite radio into the state and is thrilled that Sirius is planning to make some inroads.
He said there's plenty of demand for the service around Alaska and the local broadcasters are worried about the competition they'd face from satellite radio.
"It's a great service, and they don't want to have to make their services better," Schuman said of the local broadcasters.
Daily News reporter Richard Richtmyer can be reached at rrichtmyer@adn.com or 257-4344.


The local Anchorage radio broadcasters might want to be informed that a repeater system doesn't interfere with local radio , and if they would just look south to the "Lower 48" states where Sirius operates many repeaters, they can see that. Of course they don't want competition,but they sorely need it!! Anchorage has 32 radio stations serving a market of 375,000 people, even the evil Clear Channel is there!
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Old 12-12-2006, 07:13 PM   #3
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NO, this a a new story just out today, the one you show a link to is from September of this year, this is a different story about the same topic however.
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These people are complete idiots grasping at straws. The form of delivery is completely irrelevant. It's a PAY service that does not broadcast to the public at large. PERIOD! I still don't understand why they think SUBSCRIPTION RADIO using PRIVATE frequencies is the same as FREE commercial radio that uses PUBLIC frequencies.
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Post I thought Sirius was already there.

In July, I was in Alaska on a cruise. Reception was fine all the way to Skagway. In Juneau, I saw stores with Sirius banners.

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Reception is fone for Southeast Alaska for the most part, but in Anchorage and Fairbanks(600 and 800 miles away to the northwest), the two largest cities, it can be spotty at times. They simply want to fill in the holes. Also, this officially allows them to serve Alaska. If you go to the Sirius website, Alaska and Hawaii aren't even listed on the pull down of states.
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