I sent the following message to my senators about the Local Emergency Radio Service Preservation Act of 2006 (S. 2418) :
I'm writing in regards to the "Local Emergency Radio Service Preservation Act of 2006" (S. 2418).
As a satisfied customer of both XM and Sirius Satellite Radio companies, I would like to respectfully ask that the aforementioned Act not be passed. It represents an unfair restriction on Satellite Radio's ability to serve its customers. If regular AM & FM radio provided what people want, they wouldn't be voluntarily buying new radios and paying monthly service fees.
To me, this is a simple question of innovation. The Act would curtail the ability of new entrants into the radio market to compete by better serving their customers.
Traditional AM & FM stations should compete by offering a better product, not by asking for protectionist handouts from the government. If the Act is passed, traditional radio loses its incentive to offer a better product to its listeners.