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 Federal Communications Commission should raise the qualifying download speeds for broadband from 25 Mbps to a minimum of 100 Mbps, Next Century Cities, Public Knowledge and Common Cause said in an FCC filing. Video streaming is one major impetus for the proposed change, as are telehealth and education in rural areas. MediaPost Communications (11/26)
AT&T is partnering with Purdue University on construction of an Indianapolis lab that will cater to researchers and entrepreneurs, the organizations announced. Bill Soards, president of AT&T's Indiana division, says that the Purdue Research Lab will conduct tests on expanding 5G uses in such areas as manufacturing and agriculture. Indiana Public Media (11/27)
Ajit Pai's plan for a public auction of the 3.7-4.2 gigahertz C-band spectrum came without any mention of fixed wireless in rural areas, notes a blog post by CCG Consulting. There's still time to address the rural digital divide, as Pai, who leads the Federal Communications Commission, has talked about since he made the announcement in a short letter. POTs and PANs (11/25)
Eutelsat Communications has come out in support of a government auction of C-band spectrum but is calling for some funds from the auction to go to satellite operators. Intelsat, SES and Telesat are currently working with the Federal Communications Commission on an alternative to the public auction. Space News International (11/25)
Supply chain data points to Apple releasing four iPhones that support 5G service in 2020, JPMorgan predicted, saying in a note that the company will likely introduce them later in the year in sizes ranging from 5.4 inches to 6.7 inches. The analysts also suggested that Apple may drop new iPhones in two steps from 2021 onward to gain more flexibility and reduce seasonality issues. CNN (12/2)