The Satellite Broadcasting and Communications Association is the national trade organization representing the consumer satellite industry. It is committed to creating value added programs to promote growth and sustainability of our member companies through member benefits and training. SBCA also provides industry leadership on advocating for consumer access to the best in satellite delivered services and assuring its availability at a fair price.
Founded on December 2, 1986, in Anaheim, California, through the merger of the Society for Private and Commercial Earth Stations (SPACE) and the Direct Broadcast Satellite Association (DBSA).
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Public Policy and Outreach
SBCA remains dedicated to protecting the satellite industry’s interests in the regulatory arena by working with its member companies to represent the industry’s views on important issues that come before state and local policymakers. SBCA strides to protect satellite providers, distributors, retailers, technicians, and consumers alike from attempts at the state and local levels to introduce onerous or burdensome rules in areas including: licensing, permitting, tax, and zoning and covenants. By utilizing a united industry voice, SBCA will continue to be an effective tool for educating state and local regulatory agencies on the industry’s concerns about policies that affect the businesses and customers of satellite-delivered communications services.
National Standards & Testing Programs
SBCA and satellite industry leaders have joined together to develop the SBCA National Standards and Testing Program, providing an industry-endorsed benchmark of knowledge for the installation of satellite products and services. The program aims to increase the professionalism of satellite system installers, thereby improving service to consumers and increasing business for satellite retailers. On a larger scale, its impact will benefit the entire industry - from installers to programmers - as consumer confidence grows.
Established in 2001, the SBCA National Standards and Testing Program provides an industry endorsed benchmark of knowledge for the installation of satellite products and services. SBCA certified installers pride themselves on being up to date with all have taken the necessary coursework/training and passed standardized testing developed by the SBCA and our members. Installation is a key component of ensuring long term customer retention and system reliability. The need for an industry accepted installation standard is a critical component of ensuring satellite remains the leader in customer satisfaction, and long term customer retention. This national, unified set of standards agreed to by the DBS platform providers and other industry stakeholders, and administered and tested by the SBCA, the national trade organization that represents all aspects of the satellite industry, provides a self-regulatory function which that serves consumers and prevents less effective government regulation.
The SBCA National Standards and Testing Program has been recognized by the states of Connecticut, Rhode Island, Connecticut and Minnesota as part of their Low Voltage Licensing Criteria.
The SBCA Communications Department serves as the voice of the satellite consumer services industry, and works closely with its various member companies. The department represents the Association and the entire industry within the media, and serves as the clearinghouse of information on satellite-delivered technology. Department activities include: extensive media relations, the drafting and distribution of industry news releases, and the creation of a monthly e-newsletter.