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.