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SIA President Tom Stroup Testifies Before House Communications & Technology Subcommittee Hearing Regarding The Critical Importance Of Satellites

Washington, D.C., February 3, 2023 – The Satellite Industry Association (SIA) yesterday testified on the growing importance of satellites before the House Communications and Technology subcommittee hearing titled “Launching Into the State of the Satellite Marketplace.” SIA President Tom Stroup provided testimony on behalf of the Association.

In late January, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and incoming Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chair Bob Latta (R-OH) announced that the first Communications and Technology subcommittee hearing would be focused on ensuring America continues to lead in the burgeoning satellite communications industry.

“Satellites are the backbone of modern society,” said Tom Stroup. “We rely on them for communications, position, navigation and timing, and remote sensing across the globe. In addition to the vast range of services offered by the industry today, the companies represented by SIA are poised to lead the U.S. into an interconnected and data-driven future. The American satellite industry is set to revolutionize daily life as we move into a more interconnected world where change on Earth is more visible than ever.”

During the hearing, Mr. Stroup was joined by fellow witnesses Julie Zoller, Head of Global Regulatory Affairs, Project Kuiper at Amazon, Jennifer Manner, Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, EchoStar Corporation, Margo Deckard, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, Lynk Global, Inc., and Kari Bingen, Director, Aerospace Security Project and Senior Fellow, International Security Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies.

A written copy of SIA’s complete testimony is available at the following link:

A video copy of the hearing is available on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Youtube channel at 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: Amazon; The Boeing Company; DIRECTV; EchoStar Corporation; HawkEye 360; Intelsat S.A.; Iridium Communications Inc.; Kratos Defense & Security Solutions; Ligado Networks; Lockheed Martin Corporation; Northrop Grumman; OneWeb; Planet Labs PBC; SES Americom, Inc.; Spire Global Inc.; and Viasat Inc. SIA Associate Members include: ABS US Corp.; The Aerospace Corporation; Artel, LLC; AST Space Mobile; Astranis Space Technologies Corp.; Aurora Insight; Blue Origin; Comtech; Eutelsat America Corp.; ExoAnalytic Solutions; Hughes; Inmarsat, Inc.; Kymeta Corporation; Leonardo DRS; Lynk; Omnispace; OneWeb Technologies; Ovzon; Panasonic Avionics Corporation; Skyloom; Telesat Canada; ULA and XTAR, LLC. SIA Affiliate Members include: ARA; ATG; Davis Wright Tremaine; EVONA; Genus Group; Hogan Lovells; Integrasys LLC; Kencast; Keysight Technologies, Inc.; Media Broadcast Satellite; Orange Business Services; Orbital Research; Peraton; Plexus Corp; SD Government; Sheppard Mullin; Skylo Technologies and Wiley