Washington, DC, New York, NY - Jul 24, 2008 - XM Satellite Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio confirmed that the companies are in discussions with the FCC's Enforcement Bureau to settle outstanding enforcement matters. In 2006, the FCC commenced investigations regarding FCC compliance of certain radio receivers that include FM transmitters, and compliance of certain terrestrial repeaters with special temporary authority. The companies hope to enter into a consent decree with the FCC to terminate these inquiries.
The goals of the consent decree:
Adopt comprehensive compliance plans and take steps to address any potentially non-compliant radios remaining in the hands of consumers.
XM will shut down 50 variant terrestrial repeaters and shut down or bring into compliance an additional 50 variant terrestrial repeaters within 60 days of the adoption the consent decree.
Sirius will bring into compliance or shut down up to 11 variant terrestrial repeaters within 60 days of the order adopting the consent decree. These terrestrial repeaters were shut off by Sirius in October 2006.
Make a voluntary contributions to the United States Treasury of approximately $17 million in the case of XM, and approximately $2 million in the case of Sirius.