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MB Docket No. 07-57
Comments/Petitions Due: July 9, 2007
Responses/Oppositions Due: July 24, 2007

On March 20, 2007, Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. (“Sirius”) and XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. (“XM”) (collectively, the “Applicants”) submitted applications seeking consent to transfer control of Commission licenses and authorizations held by Sirius, XM, and their subsidiaries pursuant to Section 310(d) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended.[1] Under the proposed transaction and pursuant to an Agreement and Plan of Merger dated February 19, 2007, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sirius, Vernon Merger Corporation, will be merged with and into XM, with XM being the surviving entity of this subsidiary merger.[2] The surviving entity will be controlled by a new Board of Directors, selected by both Sirius and XM, and its equity ownership will be represented equally by former shareholders of XM and Sirius prior to the merger.


The Consolidated Application for approval of the transfer of control of the licenses and authorizations referenced herein, upon initial review, has been accepted for filing. The Commission reserves the right to return any application if, upon further examination, it is determined to be defective and not in conformance with the Commission’s rules, regulations, or policies.

Interested parties must file petitions to deny, comments, or informal comments no later than July 9, 2007. Persons that do not file petitions to deny may not seek reconsideration of the Commission’s decision regarding the transfer of the licenses at issue nor appeal a final decision to the courts but may otherwise participate in the proceeding. Responses or oppositions to such submissions must be filed no later than July 24, 2007. All filings concerning matters referenced in this Public Notice should refer to MB Docket No. 07-57, as well as the specific file numbers of the individual applications or other matters to which the filings pertain (unless a filing pertains to all applications). Under the Commission’s current procedures for the submission of filings and other documents, submissions in this matter may be filed electronically (i.e., through ECFS) or by hand delivery to the Commission’s Massachusetts Avenue location noted below.

– Electronic Filers: Comments may be filed electronically using the Internet by accessing the ECFS: In completing the transmittal screen, filers should include their full name, U.S. Postal Service mailing address, and MB Docket No. 07-57. Parties may also submit an electronic comment by Internet e-mail. To get filing instructions, filers should send an e-mail to, and include the following words in the body of the message, “get form.” A sample form and directions will be sent in response.

– Paper Filers: Parties who choose to file by paper must file an original and four copies of each filing.
Filings can be sent by hand or messenger delivery, by commercial overnight courier, or by first-class or overnight U.S. Postal Service mail (although we continue to experience delays in receiving U.S. Postal Service mail). All filings must be addressed to the Commission’s Secretary, Office of the Secretary, Federal Communications Commission.

– The Commission’s contractor will receive hand-delivered or messenger-delivered paper filings for the Commission’s Secretary at 236 Massachusetts Avenue, NE, Suite 110, Washington, DC 20002. The filing hours at this location are 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. All hand deliveries must be held together with rubber bands or fasteners. Any envelopes must be disposed of before entering the building.

– Commercial overnight mail (other than U.S. Postal Service Express Mail and Priority Mail) must be sent to 9300 East Hampton Drive, Capitol Heights, MD 20743.

– U.S. Postal Service first-class, Express, and Priority mail must be addressed to 445 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20554.

– People with Disabilities: To request materials in accessible formats for people with disabilities (braille, large print, electronic files, audio format), send an e-mail to or call the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at 202-418-0530 (voice), 202-418-0432 (tty).

In addition, one copy of each submission must be sent to each of the following:

1. The Commission’s duplicating contractor, Best Copy and Printing, Inc., Portals II, 445 12th Street, S.W., Room CY-B402, Washington, DC 20554, telephone 1-800-378-3160, or via e-mail
at ;
2. Rosemary C. Harold, Media Bureau, Room 3-C486; e-mail;[3]
3. Tracy Waldon, Media Bureau, Room 3-C488; e-mail;
4. Royce Sherlock, Media Bureau, Room 2-C360; e-mail;
5. Jim Bird, Office of General Counsel, Room 8-C824; e-mail;
6. Gardner Foster, International Bureau, Room 6-C477; e-mail;
7. Marilyn Simon, International Bureau, Room 6-A633; e-mail;
8. Marcia Glauberman, Media Bureau, Room 2-C264; e-mail;
9. Amy Brett, Media Bureau, Room 2-C134; e-mail;
10. Erin McGrath, Wireless Bureau, Room 6338 (Portals I); e-mail

Copies of the Consolidated Application and any subsequently filed documents in this matter may be obtained from Best Copy and Printing, Inc., Portals II, 445 12th Street, SW, Room CY-B402, Washington, D.C. 20554, telephone 1-800-378-3160, or via-e-mail The Consolidated Application and any associated documents are also available for public inspection and copying during normal reference room hours at the following Commission office:

FCC Reference Information Center, 445 12th Street, S.W., Room CY-A257, Washington, D.C. 20554. These materials are also available electronically through the Commission’s ECFS, which may be accessed on the Commission’s Internet website at . Additional information regarding the transaction will be available on the FCC’s Office of General Counsel’s website,, which will contain a fully indexed, unofficial listing and electronic copies of all materials in this Docket.

For further information, contact Rosemary C. Harold, (202) 418-2533, Royce Sherlock, (202) 418-7030, or Marcia Glauberman, (202) 418-7046, of the Media Bureau. Press inquiries should be directed to Mary Diamond, (202) 418-2388. TTY: (202) 418-7172 or (888) 835-5322.


The Consolidated Application filed by XM and Sirius includes applications pertaining to the Commission authorizations and licenses listed below. They are separated below by the type of authorization or license, and, within each category, listed by licensee/registrant name, application file number, call sign, and/or other service-specific information, as appropriate. Interested parties should refer to the Consolidated Application for a more detailed listing of the authorizations or licenses. Each of the Applicants’ subsidiaries or affiliates may hold multiple authorizations or licenses of a particular type. Parties should be aware that additional applications may have to be filed to identify any additional authorizations involved in this transaction.

Part 25 – Satellite Communications
File No. Licensee/Registrant
Call Sign(s)
Satellite Space Stations
SAT-T/C-20070320-00054 XM Radio, Inc.
S2118, S2119, S2616, S2617[4]
SAT-T/C-20070320-00053 Satellite CD Radio, Inc.
Satellite Earth Stations
SES-T/C-20070320-00380 XM Radio, Inc.
E000158, E000724, E040204
SES-T/C-20070320-00379 Sirius Satellite Radio, Inc.
E040363, E060276, E060277, E990291
Part 90- Wireless License

File No. Licensee
Call Sign
0002948781 Sirius Satellite
Radio Inc. WPTX369
Part 5- Experimental License

File No. Licensee
Call Sign
004-EX-TC-2007 XM Radio, Inc.

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