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XM Notifies FCC Of Repeater Non-Compliance

10/05/2006 12:10:00 PM Eastern

Washington — XM Satellite Radio said it notified the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that some of its repeaters are not in compliance with its current FCC temporary authority license.

XM said it notified the FCC as part of its own internal investigation and plans to bring all aspects of the XM hardware into FCC compliance.

An XM spokesman said that while it originally received temporary authority for 1,200 repeaters, XM now operates only about 800. Some of these repeaters are located across the street from an originally approved site as it was not possible to obtain a lease (on a building rooftop, for example) at the approved site.

“We’re asking the FCC to approve our network with the adjustments that were made,” said the spokesman.

XM said it filed a document requesting approval of the current repeater network on Monday and that it met with the FCC last week.

Since April, XM has had FCC compliance issues with some of its plug and play receivers. Three of those receivers in question have since been approved by the FCC.

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