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Wednesday, August 8, 2007

REGULATORS

FCC Head Endorses 'a La Carte' Radio Plan

Kevin J. Martin, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, said he is "pleased" with a plan by Sirius Satellite Radio and the District's XM Satellite Radio to offer "a la carte" programming if they are allowed to merge.

"It's always good when consumers have more choice," Martin said after an FCC meeting in the District. He reiterated that the merger plan faces a "high hurdle."

Sirius and XM are the only U.S. satellite radio companies.

EXECUTIVES

SRA Names a Vice President

SRA International of Fairfax named Charles Brooks vice president of government affairs. Brooks, 50, recently spent four years as director of legislative affairs for the Science and Technology Directorate in the Department of Homeland Security.

LEGAL

Contractor Sued Over Reservist's Firing

The Justice Department has filed a lawsuit against DTI Associates of Arlington for firing a Navy reservist after he returned from duty in Iraq. In a statement, the department said the company violated a law prohibiting service members from being punished for being deployed. DTI is a technology contractor for the Navy, according to the statement. A DTI spokesman could not be reached for comment. The company is a subsidiary of Haverstick Consulting.

Compiled from reports by Washington Post staff writers, the Associated Press and Bloomberg News.


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