NAB hires lobbyists to fight XM-Sirius
The National Association of Broadcasters has enlisted the recently re-minted lobbying firm of Bluewater Strategies in its quest to combat the proposed merger of XM Satellite Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio.In a Wednesday filing at the Senate Office of Public Records, lobbyists Tim Kurth, Andrew Lundquist and George Nethercutt, former Republican representative from Washington, said they would represent the NAB on the merger and other issues.
NAB, which advocates on behalf of local radio broadcasters, has led the lobbying charge against the XM-Sirius combination. The NAB has repeatedly testified against the merger before congressional committee hearings, and at the Federal Communications Commission.
I think this is a waste of time and money. I am completely ambivalent about this merger. XM radio, the service, is a niche thing. Not everyone wants XM radio, no one HAS to have it. And, with the advent of Wimax looming, I doubt anyone will even want it in five to ten years.
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