Weather or Not, Here it Comes

Friday, April 30, 2004

Satellite radio companies are only licensed to air nationally-targeted programming. But last month, XM Radio started airing local traffic and weather reports. XM contends it's not violating the terms of its license, because the local content is being offered nationally - listeners in Seattle can tune to the channel for traffic in Philadelphia. But the National Association of Broadcasters doesn't see it that way, and this month complained to the FCC on behalf of its member stations. Bob talks to former FCC chief economist about the trouble with regulating satellite radio.

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