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.
The US Agriculture Department announced the allocation of $152 million in grants and loans to help bring or upgrade broadband services in 14 states located largely in the Midwest and South. Among the 19 projects funded through a variety of programs is a $34.4 million loan to Logan Telephone Cooperative in southwestern Kentucky and a $3 million grant to iGo Technology in southwest Virginia. Telecompetitor (10/7)
AT&T let developer teams loose on a 5G millimeter-wave-based network coupled with the Magic Leap One spatial computing headset at its Plano, Texas-based Foundry facility and the winner built a pharmaceutical app designed to improve patient safety. One participant said the network's speed helped reduce the software's development time. RCR Wireless News (10/7)
Fox Corporation announced this weekend it had reached retransmission agreements with both Cox Communications and DISH Network, ending programming disruptions on the latter. Charter Communications also announced a new deal it had agreed to with TEGNA, averting a possible disruption after extending negotiations beyond the initial deadline. Variety online (10/6)
National Telecommunications & Information Administration, the Commerce Department agency that oversees communications policy, has issued an initial rendition of an updated broadband map ordered by Congress to replace a Federal Communications Commission version that the FCC admitted was flawed. The NTIA said, however, it would not release its draft, which includes data from eight states, because it contains sensitive information. Multichannel News (10/2)
Sony's 7.00 update for PlayStation 4 Remote Play will be expanding streaming and playing capabilities to Android mobiles. The update will also allow PS4 controllers to connect with Bluetooth. Digital Trends (10/7)