been announced between XM Satellite Radio and Sirius Satellite
Radio and wireless providers to resolve a dispute over interference
with wireless communications services.
to reports, XM and Sirius are disagreeing over the way satellite
services are using equipment to extend their digital radio signals
to hard-to-reach areas where skyscrapers can block satellite
beams. The equipment, called ground-based repeaters, could interfere
with some wireless communications services.
the Federal Communications Commission granted both the companies
temporary authority to use the repeaters, but only after telling
them they had to coordinate with wireless companies. BellSouth
and AT&T Wireless Services had complained to the FCC that
airwaves they hold could be affected.
is in the process of drafting permanent rules for power levels,
but a top official said May 30 that current private talks between
the parties could resolve the matter without federal rules.
Patterson, vice president for corporate affairs at XM, said
the satellite radio companies are working with the wireless
companies to modify the repeaters to avoid interference. He
also said they expect to be able to solve the problem without
FCC intervention. Sirius had no comment on the talks.
carriers say a power level of the repeaters above 2 kilowatts
can overwhelm their services. The satellite radio companies
have said a power level below 40 kilowatts can affect their
and Sirius offer about 100 channels of all-digital music, talk
and sports programming. XM has launched nationwide service and
Sirius plans to launch similar coverage on July 1.