FCC Chairman Receptive to XM/Sirius Pricing
The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission seems more receptive than ever to the XM-Sirius merger, according to a column on Forbes’ Web site. FCC chairman Kevin Martin is quoted as having told the AP that he is “pleased any time companies come forward with proposals that would give consumers more control over what they pay for.”
Martin, who had previously been skeptical about the merger’s chances for passage, was referring to the satellite companies’ plan, announced last month, to offer ”a la carte” pricing on various subscription plans, including some plans as low as $6.99 per month.
The merger is currently in the middle of its second public comment period for eventual FCC approval.