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Old 10-14-2005, 04:15 PM   #1
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First off, I didn't know Sirius was trying to do this...

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Banc of America Securities maintained a "neutral" rating and $5.50 target price on Sirius Satellite Radio (nasdaq: SIRI - news - people ), saying the company's recent Federal Communications Commission filings suggest the company is on the hunt for incremental spectrum.

The research firm said Sirius' prospects for obtaining new spectrum don't look promising. "The two remaining mobile satellite services licensees seem to be positioned to receive the bulk of the spectrum if not all of it," Banc of America analyst Jonathan Jacoby wrote in a recent research report.

Banc of America said the FCC has yet not made a final decision, but that the commission might be inclined to keep the spectrum for mobile satellite communication services in use of emergencies, particularly following Hurricane Katrina.

The research firm believes Sirius' move seems to be in reaction to XM Satellite Radio Holdings (nasdaq: XMSR - news - people ), which recently acquired WCS Wireless.

Banc of America maintained a "buy" rating on XM.
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Yeah really, where did this come??? I never heard that before either....I thought that they did something else to increase their capacity for channels.
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Oh well. Bank of America took a little kick in the pants this afternoon with that nice SIRI rally. Bear Sterns came to the rescue. Hehe.
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Yeah really, where did this come??? I never heard that before either....I thought that they did something else to increase their capacity for channels.
They are, but obviously they wanted more.
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Does anyone know how much more bandwidth WCS Wireless will give XM?
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Oh well. Bank of America took a little kick in the pants this afternoon with that nice SIRI rally. Bear Sterns came to the rescue. Hehe.
I can't remember an instance when Bank of America has praised Sirius. This is another instance of that. They've lost their credibility in my book.
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XM Satellite Radio is taking over the 2.3 GHz band, the two (15Mhz) WCS bands are on either side of the satellite radio frequencies

apparently, WCS Wireless licenses include 10 megahertz in the frequency bands adjacent to XM's satellite radio service.



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http://www.dailywireless.org/modules...ticle&sid=4394
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Here is the FCC Application that Sirius submitted:

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This had to have been filed in the 2Q of this year, XM hadn't announced plans to buy WCS Wireless, so it couldn't be in response to that.

I know Sirius filed something to prevent XM from purchasing WCS, I wonder how that is going. Sirius does need to do something, because they can't afford to let XM have double what they have.
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How is it permissible that XM can just purchase additional bandwidth by buying an existing company? Doesn't the FCC control that in some way? Otherwise, why wouldn't this just become a free-for-all "land grab," so to speak?
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I just read the motion...it isn't a bid at all. It's a preliminary step to attain the bandwidth without an auction. Bank of America is just manipulating the situation to suit their needs...which is to increase xm at the expense of us.
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How is it permissible that XM can just purchase additional bandwidth by buying an existing company? Doesn't the FCC control that in some way? Otherwise, why wouldn't this just become a free-for-all "land grab," so to speak?
I believe that the FCC still has to approve it but it is a good question.
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The date of the filing was July 29, 2005. That was about all I understood from it....
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Both Sirius and XM need to be granted more of the 2GHZ spectrum. There is only so much compression you can do in a 12.5MHZ block. Relatively speaking, that is a very small chunk of spectrum. Just look at how much the DBS satellite providers have. Yes I understand that DBS needs more because they are transmitting video, but geez, it pales so greatly in comparison. It's time for the FCC to realize that SDARS has become a major player in the US/Canadian entertainment industry. Simply put, they need more room to grow.
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Both Sirius and XM need to be granted more of the 2GHZ spectrum. There is only so much compression you can do in a 12.5MHZ block. Relatively speaking, that is a very small chunk of spectrum. Just look at how much the DBS satellite providers have. Yes I understand that DBS needs more because they are transmitting video, but geez, it pales so greatly in comparison. It's time for the FCC to realize that SDARS has become a major player in the US/Canadian entertainment industry. Simply put, they need more room to grow.
Agreed.

The FCC could double Sirius and XM's bandwidth tomorrow, if they were so inclined.

I think the only way to get the FCC to act, is to start writing letters and sending e-mails to them.

It will be hard for them to ignore communications from private citizens, since we are the ones the FCC usually claims to be acting in behalf of.

Thanks to grassroots involvement some years back, the FCC ruled that Home/Condo owners associations could no longer ban satellite tv dishes of about 30" diameter or less. That resulted in a satellite tv boom for Dish Network and DirecTV.

I say we should launch a similar campaign to get more bandwidth for SatRadio.
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