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.
DISH Network has launched OnTech Smart Services, which provides direct-to-consumer installation of internet of things and smart home devices and services, including entertainment systems, smart thermostats and locks. The service has come to 11 markets so far, and DISH plans to add more. Light Reading (6/17)
The Federal Communications Commission will vote in August on an order aimed at improving the accuracy of broadband maps, Chairman Ajit Pai told the Senate Commerce Committee. Pai said the agency would propose that service providers report "where they actually offer service below the census block level." Broadcasting & Cable (6/12)
DISH Network may be the frontrunner to acquire assets from T-Mobile and Sprint and form the fourth major carrier that the Justice Department is said to be demanding in order to approve the merger, sources say. Other contenders include cable companies Charter Communications and Altice, as the DOJ reportedly draws close to making a decision. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (6/14)
A new task force, established by the Federal Communications Commission, will study how to give ranches and farms access to high-speed broadband. Faster internet could improve efficiency, allow innovation and enable the use of the internet of things, said Ajit Pai, the commission's chairman. CNET (6/17)
AT&T's Innovation Lab in New York City will serve as a testing ground for leveraging 5G to provide innovative storytelling through advertising, according to company executives. The WarnerMedia facility will also draw consumer insights and technology from AT&T's Xandr ad sales unit. Broadcasting & Cable (6/17)