Rick Boucher Op-Ed on Sirius-XM merger, goes unchallenged
Tags: 2, XM
Congressman Rick Boucher (D-VA) wrote a detailed op-ed piece that was published in Roll Call this morning.
Roll Call, which is published Monday to Thursday while Congress is in session, provides readers with news of the legislative and political maneuvers that occur on Capitol Hill.
In his piece, Rep. Boucher voices his support for the Sirius-XM merger, and points to his reasons as to why the merger would be in the public interest and why the relevant market should be considered in the broader sense.
"In the radio marketplace of both satellite and terrestrially delivered radio services, XM and Sirius occupy less than a 4 percent share of listeners. The balance is held by AM and FM stations. In the broader audio entertainment market of radio and Internet-based news and entertainment, XM and Sirius have an even smaller share. When one concludes that the broader market is the proper measure, it is clear that the merger would not hinder competition."
Now the real interesting part isn't just that Rep. Boucher is lending his support behind the merger. It's not even his arguments that are the point of interest here.
It's the lack of an opposing argument in this issue of Roll Call.
This op-ed piece was featured in the "Communications and Intellectual Property Policy Briefing" section of today's issue. Five subjects were covered in a similar format, and each had a point/counter-point argument.
Only the section on satellite radio ran without a counterpoint.
Apparently Roll Call couldn't get a counterpoint for this piece? Given the NAB's supposed influence on the Hill, this is very surprising.
Read Rep. Boucher's Op-Ed piece here (PDF).