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December 11, 2012
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  • Sprint, DISH are said to be in spectrum talks
    Sprint Nextel is said to be in talks about forming a partnership with DISH Network that would provide the carrier with access to the satellite provider's untapped mobile spectrum in return for allowing DISH to provide wireless service over Sprint's network, according to a Bloomberg report. In such an arrangement, the companies could share revenues or DISH could be asked to pay for use of Sprint's network. Also, DISH is expected to start selling cellphones in its Blockbuster video rental locations, according to a source. DISH is awaiting a ruling this week from federal regulators about the status of its wireless spectrum. Bloomberg (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Satellite brings affordable broadband service to rural areas
    Consumers are facing new choices as the cost of satellite-based broadband Internet services reach parity with traditional service providers, according to industry observers who point to new services aimed at rural areas from DISH Network, DIRECTV, ViaSat's Exede and EchoStar's HughesNet Gen 4. They note that new Ka-band technology, with its substantially greater capacity, has driven down the cost of providing service. TechNewsWorld (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Analyst: OLED won't be "mainstream" TV display until at least 2014
    The newer organic light-emitting diode display has not yet supplanted liquid-crystal display, due in part to improvements in LCD picture quality as well as the inability of Samsung and LG to lower the price of OLED sets. "OLED still has a long way to go to become a mainstream display, as it has to become bigger and improve picture quality," said Chung Won-seok, an analyst at HI Investment & Securities. "The use of OLEDs will continue to be confined to small displays at least for the next two to three years." Reuters (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Business News You Can Use 
  • How to impress small-business lenders
    If you want to make a good first impression with loan officers, you can get started by preparing a description of your business, financial statements that describe your company's history and projections for the future, Mark Sunshine writes. If you are invited in for a second meeting, you probably made a good impression, he notes. Forbes/Great Speculations blog (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  SBCA News 
  • SBCA Foundation gives grants to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts
    The SBCA Foundation was able to award two grants this month to support the recovery efforts from Hurricane Sandy. SBCA Foundation Board Member Greg Frasca presented a check on behalf of the SBCA Foundation for $5,000 to the Jersey Shore Chapter of the American Red Cross. The proceeds will help support the families in need of food and shelter. "The Red Cross has been a critical part of the recovery effort for the devastated coastline battered by Hurricane Sandy," commented Frasca. A second $5,000 check was presented to the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund, started by Mary Pat Christie, the wife of Gov. Chris Christie. This fund supports the countless families left homeless after the storm.

    Are you involved with a charity that needs financial support? Apply for a SBCA Foundation grant! We are looking for four organizations to which to grant awards in the first quarter of 2013. Read more information on applying for a grant, or e-mail Amy Hager. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Taking the extra step to success
    Many SBCA certified technicians go above and beyond to satisfy their customers, and Lionel Murray is a prime example of this. An installation manager at HVS-Solutions, Murray has been making his mark in the satellite industry since 2004. Read the full story. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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