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XM Gets Repeater Authorization, Reschedules Launch

XM Gets Repeater Authorization, Reschedules Launch

The FCC has granted XM Satellite Radio the special temporary authority the company needs to operate its terrestrial network and begin commercial operations. XM had delayed its launch in Dallas/Ft. Worth and San Diego after last Tuesday’s attacks. It has re-scheduled its launch for next Tuesday.
“We are grateful that the FCC has moved so expeditiously in the face of the tragic events that have obviously affected all aspects of government,” said XM President and CEO Hugh Panero. “It is important that all U.S. businesses return to some state of normalcy. The federal government is working, the stock market is open and now it’s time for new businesses like ours to show that the tragic events will not deter us.”
The FCC’s action gives XM the Special Temporary Authority it requested to operate its terrestrial repeaters on a nationwide, non-interference basis until March 18, 2002. By then, the FCC should have completed its rules for repeater operation.
XM radios can now be purchased at consumer electronics retailers throughout San Diego and Dallas/Fort Worth. XM will activate customers’ radios in these markets prior to Sept. 25.