FCC’s Copps Rejects Sat Merger Plan

Federal Communications Commissioner Michael Copps, a longtime warrior against media consolidation, on Monday (July 21) voted against the proposed merger between Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio, a decision that has lingered at the FCC for more than 410 days. An FCC insider confirmed Copps’ vote but Copps’ commentary on the deal has not been released and will likely not be released until fellow commissioner Deborah Taylor Tate makes her position on the proposal publicly known.

Copps was never expected to vote in favor of the deal. Soon after the deal was proposed, he said it would be difficult for the satcasters to convince him that their partnering would benefit consumers.

Unconfirmed reports say that as expected, commissioner Robert McDowell has voted in favor of the merger but it is unclear whether he has included certain required conditions for approval. Two other commissioners, Republican chairman Kevin Martin, and Democrat Jonathan Adelstein, have given their conditional approval for the deal. On June 16, Martin attached eight conditions to his