New Conditions May Ease XM-Sirius Merger

As the satellite-radio providers seek Congress' approval to wed, competition from iPodsand a few concessionsmight boost their case

The proposed $13.6 billion merger between satellite radio players XM Radio (XMSR) and Sirius Satellite Radio (SIRI) would seem to violate conditions that government regulators placed on the companies years ago (see BusinessWeek.com, 2/21/07, "Satellite Static: The XM-Sirius Merger"). When the Federal Communications Commission granted the radio licenses to the companies in 1997, the commission's decision specified that they couldn't be owned by the same entity.

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