FCC’s Adelstein Reverses, Votes Against Sat Merger

Federal Communications Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein this morning (July 23) voted against the proposed merger between Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio after the satcasters refused to embrace any of his proposed conditions to win his support for the deal.

With FCC Commissioner Michael Copps, also a Democrat, voting no, that leaves two no votes, and two yes votes from Republications Robert McDowell and Chairman Kevin Martin. Republican Deborah Taylor Tate has yet to make a decision.

A source familiar with the merger said