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FCC Prioritizes Commercial Satellite

SIA Pleased with FCC Prioritizing Important Commercial Satellite Industry Initiatives

Washington, D.C., November 15, 2018 – The Satellite Industry Association (SIA) today applauded the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Chairman Ajit Pai for focusing on the importance of the commercial satellite industry and for prioritizing a number of important satellite and space industry issues at today’s monthly Open Commission Meeting held at FCC headquarters in Washington, DC.

In October, Chairman Pai previewed the agenda for the today’s general meeting by posting the following on the FCC website. “To this day, satellites continue to deliver tremendous benefits for the American people.  So in November, during what we’ve dubbed Space Month, the FCC will take up nine items to ensure that America leads in the New Space Age, with an emphasis on cutting through the red tape.”

“SIA commends the FCC for addressing so many important issues impacting the commercial space industry and for recognizing the vital role satellites play in the day to day lives of all Americans,” said Tom Stroup, President of the Satellite Industry Association.  “The satellite industry really is entering A New Space Age, thanks to recent advances in a number of satellite technologies.

SIA appreciates the FCC’s recognition of the importance of these advances and looks forward to working with the Commission to create a regulatory environment that will help nurture and support the satellite industry while ensuring America’s long-term future leadership in space.”

To view an archived video of today’s FCC Open Commission Meeting, please visit the following FCC website 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; Maxar Technologies; Northrop Grumman 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; DataPath Inc.; Eutelsat America Corp.; ExoAnalytic Solutions; Globecomm; Globalstar, Inc.; Glowlink Communications Technology, Inc.; HawkEye 360; Hughes; Inmarsat, Inc.; Kymeta Corporation; L3 Technologies; Panasonic Avionics Corporation; Peraton: Planet; Telesat Canada; TrustComm, Inc.; Ultisat, Inc.; and XTAR, LLC. SIA

Affiliate Members include: The Aerospace Corporation; AQYR Technologies; COMSAT; Newtec; ; RUAG Space; and Wiley Rein LLP