Rep Markey introduces bill (HR7157) to require all radios to recieve HD & Satellite

Richard Chonak
Mon Oct 6 12:11:05 EDT 2008

On 10/06/2008 11:54 AM, Garrett Wollman wrote:
> I may still write a letter.

I'd appreciate getting your and other readers' analysis on the proposal.

The last time I wrote to Markey, it's because he was calling for some 
academic to be jailed for exposing a computer security lapse.   He 
eventually got the point.

On the face of things, this bill handicaps Sirius/XM slightly by 
compelling equipment makers to add access to the competing HD services; 
  it thus serves terrestrial broadcasters' interests.   Is that Markey's 
general approach?

There's no counterpart provision requiring that makers of HD radios add 
satellite access, probably wisely.  Does the monopoly position of 
Sirius/XM justify this tilt?


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