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March 26, 2013
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  Consumer Satellite Industry News 
 
  • ViaSat approaches 300,000 subs; CEO is searching for installers
    ViaSat said it reached 285,000 customers for its satellite-based broadband Internet Exede service in the U.S. in just over a year. In an interview, CEO Mark Dankberg said the company wants to increase its focus on customer service. "We're also going to try to figure out who are the good installers," he said. Dankberg pointed out that satellite broadband is more cost-effective than telecom-based services, and said 40% of Exede's subscribers have switched from terrestrial broadband. Xconomy/San Diego (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Webinar: How Telcos Use MongoDB
With consumers and businesses spending more time connected to the Internet, telecoms can expect growing demand for their services. But demand doesn't always translate to profit, as competition, commoditization, operational complexity, and network investment costs threaten to turn telecom providers into low-margin "dumb pipes." Learn how operators are leveraging MongoDB to develop new applications quickly and secure new revenue streams. Register Now!
  Technology, Manufacturing & Trends 
  • Living room TV set rules, but more viewers use mobile devices
    Half of the 9,500 consumers surveyed worldwide by Motorola Mobility report that they watch programming on the television sets in their living rooms, while 40% are using a smartphone or tablet computer for their TV viewing. The bedroom has overtaken the living room, however, for watching video content on a hand-held device, the study found. Motorola Mobility said that viewers are watching a weekly average of 25 hours of movie and TV programming, compared with an average of 15 hours a week in 2011. CNET (3/19), Home Media Magazine (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Let Them Go! Shed the Business Fears Holding You Back
If your business growth has stalled, it could be because you haven't let go of the worries holding you back. It's time to let them go and move on. Read the featured article to learn more.

  Business News You Can Use 
 
  • How to prepare to expand your business
    Businesses can expand in three ways -- offering existing products to a new market, offering them in a new geographic area or offering new capabilities to serve existing customers, writes Joe Worth of B2B CFO. To prepare to expand, create models of the potential outcomes of the change. In some cases, after estimating the future value of your business, you might decide the expansion isn't worth the trouble. Entrepreneur magazine (4/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Reward workers without busting your budget
    It can be hard for a small business to appropriately recognize employee achievements without spending scant cash, but research shows that sometimes writing a heartfelt note of appreciation can do more than receiving an impersonal award. Other tips: Publicly recognize achievement in a companywide ceremony and reward group efforts with a single gift certificate the workers can share. Resource Nation blog (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Four Diameter Use Cases to Consider when Planning for IMS
IMS networks introduce unique challenges into the Diameter signaling infrastructure. Though there are a handful of potential challenges facing Diameter in IMS networks, this paper highlights four scenarios operators should consider. From tactical to strategic, they provide guidance to keep networks operating efficiently and ways to monetize the IMS assets.
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  State and Local News Watch 
 
  • Satellite industry gears up to fight tax in Ill.
    The satellite industry is helping lead the fight in Illinois against potential legislation that would impose a 5% tax on satellite bills after a similar measure cleared the state Senate a year ago but fell short of passage. "This is a discriminatory tax on families and businesses that rely on satellite television. ... Subscribers in Illinois should not be forced to pay higher taxes simply because the cable industry wants to gain a competitive advantage at their expense," Andrew Reinsdorf, DIRECTV's senior vice president of government affairs, said last year. Chicago Sun-Times (free registration)/Backtalk blog (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Combating Identity Theft in a Mobile, Social World
Mobile connectivity threats extend from consumers to the business environment. But who is really responsible for securing sensitive information? Smart business leaders are becoming proactive on the matter. Learn how to get protected in this white paper. Download the white paper now.

  SBCA News 
  • RSVP for SBCA Team Summit Reception
    SBCA Members are invited to attend the SBCA Reception at Team Summit on May 14 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The location will be e-mailed after the RSVP is confirmed. E-mail Amy Hager with Team Summit Reception in the subject line. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Stop The TV Tax
    There are many states purposing unfair satellite taxes. Is your state one of them? For more information visit StopTheTVTax.com. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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