The Federal Communications Commission has asked Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. and XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. for additional information in regards to their pending merger.
"In order for the Commission to review the consolidated application and make the required public interest findings ... we require additional information and clarification of certain matters discussed in the consolidated application," wrote the FCC in their request to the companies.
The FCC is asking for a wide array of documents ranging from agreements with content partners, to research reports and other analysis, and even technical broadcast information (much of which I would assume they already have?) among other things.
It's a fairly sizable request, and it's all due by November 16th.
Interestingly enough, a lot of the information requested is stuff that the FCC should already have, or had received already. But considering the size of the request, there's little chance the FCC will reach their final decision shortly after the Nov. 16th due-date.
With rumors of the DOJ reaching a decision sometime this week, I don't know if this is an indication that the process has been delayed at all. But traditionally the DOJ would make its decision first and then followed by the FCC. Much of the info requested by the FCC also seems to have covered what U.S. Electronics was requesting (and U.S.E. was asking for the clock to stop), so the news could be seen as a positive thing.