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NAB stops attempts to block local offerings

The National Assn. of Broadcasters has dropped its petition asking the FCC to block XM Satellite Radio and other satellite operators from offering local traffic and weather services.

XM introduced the channels in March to the dismay of the NAB. Org contended the satcaster’s carriage of the channels violated XM’s FCC license, which permits it to use the spectrum for national broadcasts only.

Both XM and Sirius Satellite Radio have local traffic and weather channels for major U.S. cities, but they broadcast them nationally, a distinction they say keeps them in compliance with their licenses.

The NAB argued the channels represented a back-door attempt to circumvent the rules. It contends satellite operators want to use ground-based repeaters to differentiate local broadcasts, a violation of their license.

“NAB will continue to monitor the evolution of satellite radio, and we intend to bring the matter before (the FCC) when a fuller picture has developed,” the trade group said in its motion to dismiss the petition.

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