Were this the real world Commissioner Adelstein would be brought up on charges for withholding his official support for something based upon what he can get for it. As it stands, he’s willing to vote in favor of the merger of XM and Sirius IF he gets to be program director for one quarter of their airwaves. The insanity and arrogance of this maneuver can not be overstated.
Since the satellite industry does not fall under FCC regulations (they aren’t the “public” airwaves like AM and FM), what the FCC has to do with this merger is unclear and is certainly only based in tradition not law. XM and Sirius should move forward as if there is nothing standing in their way, now that the jurisdictional body (the Justice Department) ruled in their favor.
In the meantime, Adelstein should be investigated for his blackmail attempts and removed from office.