From Ars Technica: New bill to keep XM, Sirius from offering local news and alerts
From the article: “The foes of satellite radio are marshaling their forces again, as a bill introduced to Congress this week would bar XM Radio and Sirius from broadcasting ‘locally differentiated services’ such as traffic, weather, and emergency information. Titled the ‘Local Emergency Radio Service Preservation Act of 2007,’ H.R. 983 is cosponsored by Rep. Gene Green (D-TX) and Rep. Chip Pickering (R-MS). Not surprisingly, it has the backing of the National Association of Broadcasters (which has contributed heavily to Pickering’s campaign war chest).”
Seriously, dear Representatives, stop calling bills that take away your constituents’ rights “Preservation Acts.” About the only thing it “preserves” is your re-election campaign coffer. Truth-in-labling…at least tell us who is buying you. And to the NAB: either get your members to step up and compete, or let them go out of business. Heck, most ClearChannel stations don’t have, “locally differentiated services” anyway, so where else can someone get traffic and weather?