Your Partner in the Satellite Industry
The SBCA provides a strong voice to support member businesses in dealing with local zoning and ordinances, homeowner’s associations, and landlords that discriminate against the lawful installation of home satellite antennas.
The public and lawmakers alike have a limited understanding of consumers’ right to home satellite services; strengthening our education efforts with legislators, regulators and local governments are vital to the protection and growth of the satellite industry. As local satellite professionals, we need you to be the industry’s eyes and ears on the ground as you often are the first ones to hear about an issue before it rises to a critical level. Local businesses are important stakeholders in the legislative process as they are made up of voters who are a significant source of jobs and tax revenues.
The satellite industry is a major presence in the pay television market. We can no longer run under the radar. We are being targeted by our competitors and being viewed as a source of tax revenue by state governments. We need your help to take the offensive to advocate our position to sustain satellite industry growth.
SpaceX has launched its second Falcon 9 rocket in two weeks as part of its plan to provide satellite-based broadband service to isolated areas of the globe. "SpaceX is addressing many of the challenges that have stymied past attempts to achieve affordable, high-speed broadband from space," the company's Patricia Cooper told Congress this month. CBS News (5/15)
ViaSat has joined the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance, becoming the first broadband satellite company to join its ranks. "ViaSat's focus on increasing worldwide connectivity, which can help to alleviate the spectrum crunch and connect the unconnected, aligns with several of the DSA's core goals," said DSA President Kalpak Gude. Via Satellite online (5/12)
DIRECTV Now took off more quickly than expected -- adding 200,000 subscribers in the first month alone -- and the platform is stabilizing and error rates are down, said AT&T President of Technology and Operations Bill Hogg. And AT&T's Tony Goncalves recently noted, "We saw more activity in one day than most (cross-platform streaming video services) see in a lifetime. This is the first live TV experience at scale." FierceCable (5/15)
DISH Network can meet federal regulatory demands that it build out its wireless network by spending as little as $2.6 billion, per MoffettNathanson Research; such a move would give the satellite provider time to auction off its valuable spectrum trove. FierceWireless (5/9)
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai's effort to do away with the net neutrality rules the commission adopted during the Obama administration is to come up for its first vote at an open meeting Thursday. If the commissioners back Pai, the issue will be opened up to input from the public. The Hill (5/15)