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December 18, 2012
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  Consumer Satellite Industry News 
  • DISH to explore options after FCC approves cell-network plan
    The Federal Communications Commission this past week unanimously approved DISH Network's plan to build a cellular network using its satellite-based wireless spectrum. The FCC order said that DISH must exclude parts of the spectrum to prevent interference, and it also required DISH to build out 70% of its network by 2018. In a statement, DISH said it would study its "strategic options" in considering how to make the spectrum work best for consumers. The Wall Street Journal (12/11), The Denver Post (12/14), FierceCable (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
Why Warmth Is Critical to Your Career
If people think you have low interpersonal warmth, "you have something like a 1-in-2000 chance to make the top quartile of effectiveness as a leader," according to Kellogg School of Management Professor Loran Nordgren. Read more.
  Technology, Manufacturing & Trends 
  • Study: Security ranks high in home-automation features
    Interest in security is driving much of the interest in home-automation services -- 62% of the respondents in a Consumer Electronics Association survey cited it as the primary factor in buying a system. CEA's Rhonda Daniel says that informing shoppers about the benefits of a home security network increases the chances of a sale, adding that 1.7 million people have installed some sort of home automation system. (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Here's what hot in the home theater market
    New types of audio/visual systems on the market have changed the look of the home theater -- to the extent that many integrators are looking for updated, more flexible terms to describe the technology. The trends include: multiple screens to watch the ever-increasing number of viewing options, the rise of social media, the need for multipurpose rooms and demand for different types of speakers. (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Business News You Can Use 
  • Sandy's lessons on disaster prep
    Small-business owners took action to mitigate the damage from Superstorm Sandy that could help you to deal with the next disaster. Their experiences emphasize the importance of turning to others for help, checking your insurance policies and using cloud-based services to keep your business going in the wake of a disaster. Entrepreneur online (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Don't break the law when you do a pre-hire reference check
    Checking a prospective employee's references can give you additional information but can also expose your company to liability if you aren't careful, writes Andrew Lu. "The best advice for an employer running an employee background check may be to keep the investigation reasonable," he writes. Make sure the information you are seeking is related to the job and ask for the applicant's consent. FindLaw/Free Enterprise blog (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  State and Local News Watch 
  • Ill. House ponders bill that would tax satellite subscribers
    Satellite companies and their business customers are fighting an Illinois legislative proposal backed by cable companies that would levy a 5% tax on monthly bills. The measure, which has passed the state's Senate, will most likely come before the House in the spring, legislative leaders said. DIRECTV Senior Vice President of Government Relations Andrew Reinsdorf accused cable companies of trying to raise rates on a rival, noting that governments charge the fees to cable operators as "rent" for using local rights-of-way that satellite operators do not need. "It's particularly pernicious for rural Illinois, where cable sometimes doesn't even deign to go," Reinsdorf added. The State Journal-Register (Springfield, Ill.) (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  SBCA News 
  • Last chance to RSVP for Jan. 8 event
    The event will be held at Piero's, at 355 Convention Center Drive in Las Vegas, and will include lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Our panel will discuss the "Opportunity and Challenges in the Retail Market: Positioning yourself for success in the consumer satellite industry."

    E-mail Amy Hager to RSVP for this free, member-only event. Please include the name, e-mail and phone number of each attendee from your company. RSVP is on a first-come, first-serve basis. This event sold out well before the deadline last year, so please clear your calendars now. RSVP deadline is Dec. 20. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • SmartBrief will not publish Dec. 25 or Jan. 1
    In observance of the Christmas and New Year's holidays, SBCA SmartBrief will not publish on Dec. 25 or Jan. 1. Publication will resume Jan. 8. Enjoy the holiday season! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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