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.
Numbers released by DISH Network show that Sling TV's 2.4 million subscribers make it the largest livestreaming service in the US. Sling is also currently the least expensive at $15-$20 cheaper than rivals such as YouTube TV and Hulu with Live TV. TechRadar (UK) (2/13)
DIRECTV Now customers may soon have the ability to watch a show or movie together even if they are not in the same place. A post from an AT&T employee indicates the company is considering "socialable" viewing. Cord Cutters News (2/14)
DISH Network said it's making progress with the deployment of a network for narrowband IoT, which is estimated to cost between $500 million and $1 billion. Charlie Ergen, the company's chairman, admitted that "there will be a lot of obstacles in the way," but that the plan is on schedule to be complete in March 2020, and that it will meet the Federal Communications Commission's requirements for buildout. Light Reading (2/13)
The Federal Communications Commission has recently granted AT&T permission to conduct experiments using 3400-3600 MHz, 3700-4200 MHz, 28 GHz and a wide variety of other spectrum bands. Tests are due to begin on May 1, with the authorization set to expire on the same date in 2021. FierceWireless (2/14)
Federal regulators on Thursday approved a plan to gradually end Universal Service Fund broadband subsidies in price-cap areas where the incumbent provider declined 2015 funds under the Connect America Fund II. In most areas, competitive carriers bid, although incumbents will continue to operate in regions where the Federal Communications Commission received no winning bids. Telecompetitor (2/14)