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SIA Applauds Vice President Pence’s Recognition of the Importance of Satellites and the Commitment to Ensuring Access to Vital Satellite Spectrum

Washington, D.C., May 6, 2019 – The Satellite Industry Association (SIA) today applauded Vice President Mike Pence for his remarks recognizing the critical importance of the commercial satellite industry to the lives of Americans and for his commitment to the next-generation of broadband 5G services – while ensuring that vital spectrum resources remain available to the satellite industry.

The Vice President, who also serves as Chairman of the National Space Council, made his remarks while addressing members of the commercial satellite and space industry at the SATELLITE 2019 conference and exhibition currently being held in Washington, DC.

“On behalf of SIA and its members, I would like to thank the Vice President for his enthusiastic support for the commercial space industry plus his recognition of the everyday critical importance satellites have on the lives of all Americans,” said Tom Stroup, President of the Satellite Industry Association.

“SIA also strongly applauds the Vice President on his commitment to ensure that the commercial satellite industry has continued access to the wireless spectrum needed for continued innovation and U.S. leadership in space, especially as companies begin to roll out the next-generation of 5G connectivity.  SIA and its members look forward to working with the National Space Council and the Vice President to ensure continued U.S. leadership in both commercial space and the race to the rollout of 5G services.”

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