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.
A public-private partnership is necessary to encourage broadband coverage in rural Maine, says Shenna Bellows, a state senator who is sponsoring the Maine Broadband Initiative. The bill got a public hearing today, and has support from Janet Mills, Maine's governor. Public News Service (1/21)
AT&T has upgraded its network in Miami ahead of the Feb. 2 Super Bowl, the telecom announced saying it spent more than $85 million making permanent and short-term improvements in and around the stadium as well as hotels, arenas, airports and convention centers. The moves have also boosted the coverage of AT&T's FirstNet emergency response network. Patch (1/21)
Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., and OneWeb are asking the Federal Communications Commission to approve OneWeb's application to add 1,260 satellites to its proposed broadband constellation. OneWeb has authorization for 720 satellites currently. Space News International (1/27)
Skylo, a startup that connects internet-of-things devices to satellite networks, raised $103 million in a Series B funding round led by SoftBank. The company says a key advantage of its technology is that it is far less expensive than what other IoT-satellite providers charge. TechCrunch (tiered subscription model) (1/21)
Samsung is promising to take the wrinkles out of clothes while steam-sanitizing them -- all within 30 minutes -- with its new AirDresser, a unit small enough to fit into closets. The appliance can be managed with Samsung's SmartThings app. Digital Trends (1/21)