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FTC Drops XM Investigation

11/09/2007 11:11:00 AM Eastern

Washington — XM Satellite Radio has been notified by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that the Commission is closing its inquiry into XM's marketing and customer service practices.

The FTC launched this inquiry in April 2006, and has decided to close it without any action, said XM.

The FTC was investigating whether XM’s marketing activities were in compliance with acts including the Telemarketing Sales Rule, said XM last year.

The good news for XM comes at a time when the Federal Communications Commission and

Department of Justice

may be close to ruling on the proposed merger of XM with rival Sirius. Some analysts give the merger a 70 percent chance of winning the agencies’ approval.

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