FCC Democrat May Approve XM-Sirius Merger

Law360 (July 18, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A U.S. Federal Communications Commission Democrat who was expected to oppose the controversial Sirius Satellite Radio Inc.-XM Satellie Radio merger has pledged to provide the clinching vote for the deal if several stricter conditions are attached to it.

Commissioner Jonathan S. Adelstein, a Democrat nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed in 2002, reportedly told the Associated Press Thursday that he would lodge the third and decisive vote to approve the merger if the FCC imposes certain restrictions.

"It's critical that if we're going to...
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