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.
Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, moved to allow the agency to officially approve T-Mobile's merger with Sprint under an order aimed at setting up DISH Network as a fourth wireless competitor, the agency announced. The FCC may vote in late September on the deal, which still faces a federal lawsuit against a number of states on antitrust grounds. BNN Bloomberg (Canada) (8/14)
DISH Network is "casting a wide net" in searching for vendors to supply equipment for its proposed 5G network and has put an emphasis on using macro cell towers rather than small cells because coverage concerns outweigh those of capacity, said Executive Vice President Tom Cullen. "There are a lot of good ideas out there from players that are not traditional wireless companies," he added. FierceWireless (8/12)
The majority of US broadband customers plan to purchase data privacy or security services in the next year, but 38% expect such services to be included without any additional charge, Parks Associates reports. The other 62% are willing to pay for such services through one-time fees, warranties or subscriptions. FierceTelecom (8/13)
AT&T introduced its new over-the-top streaming offering in 10 markets across five states in advance of an expected national launch this year. AT&T TV employs an Android device capable of transmitting 4K TV, cloud-based DVR technology and traditional programming tiers as well as housing a video library with 55,000 on-demand titles and third-party apps including Pandora and Netflix. Light Reading (8/19)
Tech writer James Sanders provides an extensive overview of 5G technology for business professionals, explaining the use of enhanced mobile broadband, ultrareliable low-latency communications and massive machine type communications in various industries and consumer sectors. He notes that 5G "does not overlap with 4G standards like LTE or WiMAX, and it cannot be delivered to existing phones, tablets, or wireless modems by means of tower upgrades or software updates." TechRepublic (8/16)