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SBCA's DalBello on SHVIA, Sat Radio Issues

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#1 OFFLINE   Chris Blount

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Posted 27 April 2004 - 05:59 AM

Richard DalBello, the newly-installed president of the Satellite Broadcasting and Communications Association, addressed the organization's members in a recently-sent letter, saying while the industry has made significant progress with messages delivered to Wall Street and elsewhere, the satellite business faces critical challenges in Washington.

On the Satellite Home Viewer Improvement Act (SHVIA), DalBello took a middle-of-the-road approach with the legislation's reauthorization process now before Congress.

"It is SBCA's job to represent the satellite business world to the world of Washington, D.C., politics," he said in the letter, which appeared in Monday's "Report from the President" delivered by the SBCA. "We are making every effort to ensure policymakers hear about the great success and benefits of satellite-delivered products, especially the positive impact that competition from these services has on American consumers."

DalBello said continued enforcement of policies that foster a competitive marketplace "will ensure that consumers are able to experience the benefits of competition and continue to have a choice of selecting the superior quality and customer service of satellite-delivered technology."

On satellite radio issues, DalBello was much more aggressive, saying industry observers are seeing "some disturbing signs on the Washington policy scene" for the satellite radio business.

He said, "Recently-introduced legislation seeks to slow the growth of satellite radio by banning certain local services - such as weather and traffic reporting - that are much in demand by consumers and well within the current licenses granted to satellite radio companies by the FCC (Federal Communications Commission). SBCA is working with both Sirius and XM Satellite Radio to counter these anti-competitive proposals."

DalBello took the top job at the SBCA last month. He replaces Andy Wright, who resigned as SBCA president last fall.

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