The following statement is attributed to Gigi B. Sohn, president and co-founder of Public Knowledge:
“It appears as if the Commission has adopted in some form all four of the conditions we have been seeking for the XM-Sirius merger. We had originally said that there should be some form of a la carte choice in programming, a three-year price freeze, a set-aside for non-commercial and minority programming and an open-device requirement so that any manufacturer could build a device to receive programming from the combined company.
“Consumers will be better off than had the merger been granted without any conditions. At the same time, we eagerly await the details of the Commission's order to see more closely the degree to which the conditions will serve the public interest.”
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