"If I had to guess, I would guess the commission will be trying to address it in the first quarter of this year," said Martin.
Back in September, the FCC Chairman had said that he was targeting for the Sirius-XM merger review process to conclude in the fourth quarter of last year.
Martin also conceded that the unofficial 180-day shot clock for considering the merger had concluded in December. In fact, Martin said the FCC has not yet completed its analysis and that as recently as a few days ago the Commission was meeting with Sirius and XM over follow-up questions about some of its data.
Kevin Martin also said that it was customary for the FCC to wait for the DOJ before weighing in on a merger and didn't know when the Justice Department would be coming out with its decision. He added that the FCC would not necessarily hold off once the DOJ has completed its review.