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22nd Annual Satellite Keynote

David Redl And Grace Koh Provide Satellite Keynote Addresses At 22nd Annual Satellite Industry Leadership Dinner

Washington, D.C., May 7, 2019 – The Satellite Industry Association (SIA) today announced that two satellite keynote speakers addressed the audience at the 22nd annual satellite industry Leadership Dinner that took place on the evening of May 6th at the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC.

David Redl, Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and Administrator, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), U.S. Department of Commerce and Grace Koh, who recently joined the U.S. Department of State’s Office of International Communications and Information Policy both addressed the gathering of satellite industry leaders and SIA guests.

Mr. Redl was sworn in as Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information at the Department of Commerce in November 2017. He serves as Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), the Executive Branch agency that is principally responsible for advising the President on telecommunications and information policy.

Mr. Redl is a lawyer and communications policy expert with more than a decade of experience in government and the private sector. He was previously the chief counsel at the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce. In that role, he served as principal legal advisor to the chairman and members of the Energy and Commerce majority on communications and technology matters. Prior to his time with the committee, Mr. Redl was director of regulatory affairs at CTIA, a trade association that represents the U.S. wireless communications industry.

Earlier this year, Grace Koh was appointed as head of the U.S. delegation to this fall’s 2019 World Radiocommunication Conference also known as WRC-19.  Ms. Koh has a distinguished career in public service having recently served as Special Assistant to the President of the United States for Technology, Telecom and Cybersecurity Policy at the National Economic Council.

Prior to joining the Administration, Ms. Koh was deputy chief counsel for the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology.  She also has extensive private sector experience leading issues of national importance on technology, legal, and regulatory policy.

“We are very honored by the attendance of our esteemed keynotes and on behalf of SIA and its members, I would like to thank them for addressing this gathering of satellite industry leadership and the Association’s guests,” said Tom Stroup, President of the Satellite Industry Association.

“We also greatly appreciate David Redl’s dedication, as head of the NTIA, to creating an environment that will help foster the continued leadership position of the U.S. satellite industry as well as acknowledgment of the role satellite can play in the delivery of 5G services.  We look forward to working with Mr. Redl and the NTIA to help ensure America’s commercial satellite leadership now and into the next decade.”

Mr. Stroup added, “We are also tremendously pleased to welcome Grace Koh to our Leadership Dinner.  As the leader of the U.S. delegation later this year at WRC-19, Ms. Koh will spearhead America’s interests as WRC-19 addresses issues of great importance to all of us, including spectrum management, next-generation 5G systems and global satellite services. We look forward to working with Ms. Koh and her team as they prepare for this year’s WRC.”

The SIA Leadership Dinner is held annually during SATELLITE Week in Washington, DC.  For over two decades, SIA has gathered satellite industry executives and government officials in order to recognize the important role the commercial satellite industry plays both domestically and abroad and to honor individuals who have demonstrated long-term leadership and dedication to public service on issues affecting the industry.  The event is open to SIA Guests, Executive and Associate Members.

A copy of Mr. Redl’s prepared remarks is available at the following link.

About The Satellite Industry Association

SIA is a U.S.-based trade association providing representation of the leading satellite operators, service providers, manufacturers, launch services providers, and ground equipment suppliers. For more than two decades, SIA has advocated on behalf of the U.S. satellite industry on policy, regulatory, and legislative issues affecting the satellite business. For more information, visit

SIA Executive Members include: AT&T Services, Inc.; The Boeing Company; EchoStar Corporation; Intelsat S.A.; Iridium Communications Inc.; Kratos Defense & Security Solutions; Ligado Networks; Lockheed Martin Corporation; ; SES Americom, Inc.; Space Exploration Technologies Corp.; Spire Global Inc.; and Viasat, Inc.

SIA Associate Members include: ABS US Corp.;  Airbus Defense and Space, Inc.; Analytical Graphics, Inc.; Artel, LLC; Blue Origin; Eutelsat America Corp.; ExoAnalytic Solutions; Globalstar, Inc.; Glowlink Communications Technology, Inc.; HawkEye 360; Hughes; Inmarsat, Inc.; Kymeta Corporation; Leonardo DRS; Panasonic Avionics Corporation; Peraton; Planet; Speedcast Government; SSL; Telesat Canada; and XTAR, LLC.

SIA Affiliate Members include: The Aerospace Corporation; AQYR Technologies; COMSAT; Envistacom, LLC; Integrasys LLC, Kencast; Newtec; ; RUAG Space; Sheppard Mullin; and Wiley Rein LLP