Volume 17 | March 2020
Member Benefit Alert
SBCA On The Road
On February 18, SBCA testified on a bill introduces in Connecticut, which would have placed significant restrictions on the installation and use of satellite systems throughout the state. There was a number of issues addressed at the hearing and follow up meetings with legislators the following week. The result of which was a successful removal of the bill from consideration.
On February 20, SBCA was in Charleston, West Virginia to present to the state's broadband advisory council on satellite broadband technology and how it can be part of the states goal of reaching unserved consumers in rural communities.

SBCA attended the Alabama Rural Caucus dinner, on February 26. Hosted by DISH, the event focused on how technology is helping to improve the life of residents through telehealth solutions. The event featured a discussion by Dr. Eric Wallace from University of Alabama, Birmingham who focused on new technology allowing for rural healthcare. Additionally, Hamlin Wade from DISH, presented on the future of DISH’s 5G initiative and Steve Hill presented on satellite broadband's ability to support the efforts of the university to deliver remote healthcare solutions throughout the state. There were over 25 legislators in attendance along with representatives from Hughes and ViaSat.
SBCA is also tracking state legislation throughout the country that focuses on taxation, broadband, licensing, dish placement and other issues that impact our industry. The Association's mission is to support our industry and member companies to ensure its continued success.
SBCA Releases Its 2019 Annual Report
On February 3, 2020, SBCA released its annual report and distributed it to its members. In the report we recognized 2019 as a very busy and productive year for SBCA as we worked diligently on finding the best ways to support our members and continue to strive to be a voice for the satellite community. We also reported our ongoing outreach and education efforts regarding broadband while ensuring the industry is protected from unfair tax and licensing legislation. If you haven't read the annual report, please find it below.
Member Benefit! The SBCA Membership Directory
One of the many benefits to being a member of SBCA is having access to SBCA's complete membership directory. The directory includes all of the types of companies SBCA represents: platform & broadband providers, industry partners, distributors, manufacturers, installation providers and retail partners. Learn more about the various companies that are a part of our satellite industry network.
Staff Profile: Tracy Strickland
March is Women's History Month! The celebrate SBCA will highlight women on staff. Tracy Strickland has been a member of the SBCA staff for four years. She works as the Research Coordinator. In this role, she will be working on our advocacy efforts, conducting industry research and tracking legislation.  She will be working remotely from her home state of Colorado.