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.
AT&T introduced its DIRECTV Go streaming service to audiences in Mexico on Tuesday at a time when most people were forced to remain indoors due to the coronavirus pandemic. The online video service charges $12 a month for its basic 80-channel platform, which serves Latin America. The Hollywood Reporter (3/24)
Congress has designated $200 million to enhance telehealth services under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, has proposed letting medical facilities use the funds for improved broadband service as well as home devices for patients. CNET (3/30)
DISH Network's over-the-top provider Sling TV is offering Sling Blue, which includes a wide variety of news channels, to new subscribers at no charge for two weeks. Sling's earlier "Stay in and Sling" initiative made many other channels, as well as movies, free for all regardless of subscription status. Multichannel News (3/26)
The Federal Communications Commission is lending 45 MHz of 5.9 GHz spectrum to 33 companies that provide internet service through fixed wireless connections. Rural communities are the targets of this spectrum, which the providers will have access to over 60 days. CNET (3/27)
Apple launched a new website and COVID-19 symptom screening app in partnership with the CDC, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the White House's Coronavirus Task Force. The screening tools ask users questions about recent exposure, symptoms and risk factors; recommends next steps, including testing if warranted; and does not require an Apple account. CNBC (3/27)