Volume 14 | October 2019
Member Benefit Alert
2020 SBCA Networking Breakfast 
You Are Invited!

SBCA President Steve Hill and the Board of Directors invite you to attend the 2020 SBCA Networking Breakfast. Join us on January 8th, 2020 in Las Vegas.You are welcome to bring a guest. 
Wednesday, January 8, 2020, 8-10 a.m. PST
Maggiano's Little Italy
3200 Las Vegas Blvd South L
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Calling SBCA Members! Help Re-Enact STELAR to Ensure Satellite Customers Stay Connected at a Fair Price
Lend your voice and tell Congress to r eauthorize Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act Reauthorization (STELAR) ! if Congress allows the STELAR  to expire at the end of the year, 870,000 satellite customers will lose access to their network stations. 
Interview with SBCA BOD Member, Bill Teevens
At the beginning of the year, SBCA welcomed Bill Teevens to its  Board of Directors . Teevens owns and operates WIREFREE USA, a company that provides TV, Internet, security, phone and entertainment systems, both residential and commercial. We serve in most of 5 states: North and South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana and Nebraska. When asked his thoughts on becoming a board member of SBCA, Teevens had this to say, “I have been involved with the SBCA for about 20 years and have worked with Steve Hill for most of those years. I also have known some of the other members of the board for the last few years. I have followed the work of the SBCA Board and know how much work the members contribute with their time and knowledge. It is a privilege to become a member of the board and I look forward to contributing to the tremendous work the board does for our industry.” 
WIREFREE USA is in its 22 nd  year of operation and is now looking into expanding operations into Canada, where Teevens is originally from and holds dual citizenship.
The visibility of SBCA and its emphasis on education are some of the reasons why Teevens is excited about his partnership with SBCA and encourages others to get involved with SBCA as well, “[its important to partner with SBCA because] the SBCA does so much work in government, certifications, and teaching for our industry and I would like to be more and more involved.”
WIREFREE USA’s Bill Teevens joins this year’s slate of SBCA Board of Directors; we look forward what the Board accomplishes in 2019!
FCC Approves Additional $950 million for Broadband in Puerto Rico
From SBCA SmartBrief

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) gave final approval to allocate $950 million to "improve, expand and harden" fixed and mobile communications in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands with carriers bidding to perform fixed internet projects. The funds will be spent over the next 10 years to help the islands withstand disasters as well as upgrade their networks to match the quality of mainland service.