Tate has been pushing the agency's enforcement bureau to fine both XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. and Sirius Satellite Radio Inc., two companies that are seeking regulatory approval from the FCC for a $13 billion deal. At least that's what people close to the Republican commissioner are saying. Tate declined to comment to The Deal about the XM-Sirius deal on Monday, but according to regulatory filings has met with attorneys for both companies and enforcement bureau staffers to discuss the issue.
Adelstein also reiterated his push to have an independent committee to monitor whether the combined company complies with merger conditions imposed by the commission. Adelstein said he hoped the monitor committee would reflect the type of independent review trustees the Federal Trade Commission employ to oversee whether that agency's merger conditions are complied with.
Presumably, the independent committee would be paid for by XM-Sirius funds but be approved by FCC officials.