Year in Review 2018
Year In Review
Dear SBCA members, colleagues and friends. As we come to a close of 2018 I would like to highlight some of our many accomplishments and activities that occurred throughout the year. These could not be achieved without your support. I would also like to personally thank our Board of Directors and Executive Committee for their dedication and leadership. Finally I would also like to thank the staff of the SBCA for their commitment and effort in helping us throughout the year. It is a pleasure to work with all of you and I look forward to further success in 2019. I wish everyone and their families a wonderful holiday.


Steve Hill
An FCC Win in Philadelphia!
In April we received word from the FCC where they ruled in favor of a petition we had filed in 2009 regarding an ordinance that would have impacted thousands of consumers. The FCC ruling further impacts similar ordinances in Boston and Chicago which we are now trying to have removed.

Broadband Funding Front and Center at State Legislatures.
Broadband expansion and funding has become a significant topic at the state level. Legislators are working on solutions to deliver high speed broadband to rural communities.

Throughout the year SBCA worked with our local lobbyists and broadband partners to help educate decision makers throughout the country on the benefits of satellite delivered broadband. These efforts included testifying before committees, meeting key legislators and conducting technology demos. We are advocating to have satellite included in future state funding bills and have introduced model legislation in IN and MN which we hope will be included in the 2019 session. This will help increase your sales and visibility in the community.

We expect 2019 to be a busy year for broadband and look forward to ensuring our technology is included as part of the overall solution to provide border to border high speed internet to communities throughout the country.
New NEC App. a Game Changer.
SBCA was successful in having changes made to the NEC code which impact installations. This change helps promote safety and improves installation efficiency. To assist technicians in complying with the new code the SBCA developed the ZOP by SBCA App, which is saving up to 30 minuets per install according to some technicians. The App is available via the SBCA store and can be used on Apple and Android devices. Check with your platform provider on their installation requirements before using.
SBCA Supports Local Communities Impacted by Natural Disaster.
2018 turned out to be another busy year for disaster recovery. Our partners at the ITDRC were active in many states including NC, GA and FL for hurricane relief, CA fires and numerous tornado's throughout the country. In these areas satellite was able to be deployed to help relief workers and residents to provide crucial internet and television services in impacted communities.

As part of this effort the SBCA Foundation provided funds to a volunteer EMS facility in NC to replace medical equipment damaged in a flood as well as donated a computer lab for a school damaged by a hurricane. We also donated communications gear to a volunteer fire department in WV which had been impacted by severe flooding. Our goal is to provide resources to rural communities which may have been overlooked by national relief agencies but still need assistance.
SBCA Launching Updated Licensing Database.
SBCA is pleased to announce its updated licensing database. This resource is available to member companies in order to help them ensure they have the proper licenses to install in the states they desire to operate. This interactive map will be available in coming weeks, if you have a question before then please contact and we will be happy to assist.
A Peak into 2019
2019 is shaping up to be a busy legislative year with state governments considering numerous bills regarding satellite taxes, licensing, broadband and many other regulations that impact our industry. SBCA will continue to track these issues and utilize our state and local resources to ensure the industry's needs are represented.

Thank you again for all your support!