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John Myers

Hey all-

Welcome to my blog. The fine folks at the BeyeNETWORK™ have provided me with this forum to offer opinion and insight into the worlds of telcommunications (telecom) and business activity monitoring (BAM). But as with any blog, I am sure that we (yes we... since blogging is a "team sport"...) will explore other tangents that intersect the concepts of telecom and BAM.

In this world of "Crossfire" intellectual engagement (i.e. I yell louder therefore I win the argument), I will try to offer my opinion in a constructive manner. If I truly dislike a concept, I will do my best to offer an alternative as opposed to simply attempting to prove my point by disproving someone else's. I ask that people who post to this blog follow in my lead.

Let the games begin....

About the author >

John Myers, a senior analyst in the business intelligence (BI) practice at  Enterprise Management Associates (EMA). In this role, John delivers comprehensive coverage of the business intelligence and data warehouse industry with a focus on database management, data integration, data visualization, and process management solutions. Prior to joining EMA, John spent over ten years working with business analytics implementations associated with the telecommunications industry.

John may be contacted by email at JMyers@enterprisemanagement.com.

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It appears that XM and Sirius radio could be heading the way of most MVNOs.... Bradley Meacham has a look at the financial situation facing both companies and the FCC's role in their future survival.

The question that I have is:

How significant a role should the FCC should have in the potential merger of the two companies?

If you define the XM and Sirius market as just satellite radio, then yes. The FCC should have a large role to play. If you define the market that XM and Sirius play in as the overall "remote distance" audio provider market, then I would say that the FCC should take a more hands off role. HD radio is providing a strong alternative to those who don't need Howard Stern, but want better sounds quality. Internet radio continues to grow as another alternative.

Also, this is a similar business model decision as the MVNOs like ESPN Mobile. Is the premium content worth the hardware AND the monthly subscription? For a publicly traded/financed company, it may not be possible. But, for a private firm or a division of a larger provider, satellite radio might make sense.

Can you say DirecTV Radio?

Besides, as a resident of Colorado where there's nothing like satellite reception on the north side of a large rock (read mountain, etc); I have never quite seen the appeal of paying $20+ per month to listen to an intermittent signal when there's a perfect good free one available... :)

NOTE - There are times when I drive across Kansas and Nebraska when I would dearly pay for a little Howard Stern... :)

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