Being a XM customer, I completely agree with your statement. Congress should not be able to restrict what and what not is on satellite radio. When people want to get local info, they'll go to local radio. I listen to local radio quite often. But when something happens that's urgent while you're listening to XM or Sirius, you should be able to get it. While I'm talking about it, I think XM needs to add more markets to their traffic and weather channels. Here in the Cleveland area, we don't have the traffic and weather channels, and I would appreciate it.
If I understand this correctly - and I HOPE I'm mistaken - this bill is SERIOUSLY NUTS! sorry about the caps, but I'm really worked up at how profoundly dangerous and deeply flawed this idea is. While there's been little coverage in the media (surprise) of the media's failure in protecting public safety, if you search the web you'll find too many cases of grave threats to public safety involving "local" stations that are simply PCs playing voicetracks sent from another city, and local fire/police/safety officials have been unable to contact anyone to alert the public to dangerous chemical spills & other imminent threats. Not allowing Sat services to carry weather, amber alerts and other public safety info is outright criminal. If this bill slithers through & becomes law, everyone who voted for it should be held criminally responsible as an accessory for any damage or injury caused by this egregiously misguided idea. While terrestrial broadcasters are trying to weasel out of their obligation to "serve the public good as a public trustee", their minions in congress are trying to criminalize public service for the satcasters they paranoiacly view as their competition. I always turn to local sources for local info. When they fail to provide it (all too often) - it's nice to have a sat radio.
Sorry about the skreed, but this idea is beyond insane. imho.