STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO COMMENTS ISSUED TODAY BY NORTHPOINT TECHNOLOGIES CEO SOPHIA COLLIER
ALEXANDRIA, Va., February 28, 2003 -- The following statement was issued today by Satellite Broadcasting and Communications Association (SBCA) President Andrew Wright in response to comments issued today by Northpoint Technologies CEO Sophia Collier at Satellite 2003 in Washington, DC.
"While there may be advantages to a combined satellite/terrestrial platform, the most compelling evidence of the failure of the Northpoint proposal is the fact that no direct broadcast satellite (DBS) provider has taken up Northpoint's offer.
"The interference Northpoint would cause to millions of DBS consumers makes integration all but impossible."
The Satellite Broadcasting and Communications Association (www.sbca.com) is the national trade organization representing all segments of the satellite industry. It is committed to expanding the utilization of satellite technology for the broadcast delivery of video, audio, data, music, voice, interactive and broadband services. The SBCA is composed of DBS, C-band, broadband, satellite radio, and other satellite service providers, content providers, equipment manufacturers, distributors, retailers, encryption vendors, and national and regional distribution companies that make up the satellite services industry.