It's 'an exciting time for satellite industry,' Intelsat CEO tells Senate panel

Intelsat CEO Stephen Spengler recently appeared before a congressional committee to discuss the commercial satellite sector, its technology and its future and told the panelit's “an exciting time for the satellite industry,” a release said.

Spengler spoke about the ability of telecommunications to embrace a universally inclusive network grid before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.

“Given the insatiable demand for affordable connectivity … satellite is converging with other telecommunications technologies,” Spengler said in a release. “At a time when access to secure and reliable communications impacts everything from the economy to national security, Intelsat is playing a major role innovating our nation’s infrastructure.”

Spengler commended his company’s partnership with the U.S. military to provide mission-critical services on a global scale – whether manned or remote missions; aerial, maritime or ground-based; or mobile or stationary. He also touched on broadband spectrum issues, citing ever-increasing needs.

“We all know that with this ubiquitous connectivity demand comes a relentless demand for access to more spectrum,” Sprengler said in describing Intelsat’s plans to widen broadband service access via improved technology, according to the release.

“(We) have proposed a market-based solution … for joint use of C-band radio spectrum,” Spengler said in the release. “This spectrum is highly prized for both satellite television distribution and 5G wireless services. Adoption of our proposal would provide our broadcast and cable programmer customers, as well as the satellite sector, necessary certainty with respect to continued quality, use of, and investment in this band.”

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