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Biography for Matt Daneman

Matt Daneman, Senior Editor, covers pay TV, cable broadband, satellite, and video issues and the Federal Communications Commission for Communications Daily. He joined Warren Communications in 2015 after more than 15 years at the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, where he covered business among other issues. He also was a correspondent for USA Today. You can follow Daneman on Twitter: @mdaneman

Recent Articles by Matt Daneman

Space SPAC Wave Seen Having Largely Crested

The slew of space-related special-purpose acquisition company transactions has slowed to a trickle and isn't likely to pick back up soon, space investment experts told us. Some space companies remain bullish on SPACs as the best route to an initial public offering, Qulty Analytics analyst Caleb Henry said, citing Intuitive Machines, which in September announced a SPAC deal. The space infrastructure company said it expects to go public in Q1 2023.Read More >>

Space Community Continues to Seek Beefed-Up Office of Space Commerce

The Commerce Department's Office of Space Commerce is the natural home for authorization and oversight of in-space servicing, assembly and manufacturing (ISAM) missions, a parade of space interests told the National Space Council Monday. A similar NSpC listening session last week had numerous parties saying the lack of a single regulatory home for novel space missions is hurting the industry (see 2211140047).Read More >>

Having Multiple Satellite/Smartphone Providers Is Years Out, Says Globalstar Chairman

NEW YORK -- Multiple deployments of satellite/smartphone communications face numerous regulatory and technological implementation hurdles, with many operators likely years away from being able to go to market, Globalstar Chairman Jay Monroe told us Wednesday. He and other executives discussed the company's partnership with Apple unveiled in September (see 2209070016) as part of an investor conference at the New York Stock Exchange. Monroe said Apple did "significant ... magic" to make the Globalstar-enabled iPhone 14 SOS messaging service, which went live Tuesday. It's not clear who would perform that for other satcom operators' announced plans, he said.Read More >>

Novel Space Activities Need a Regulatory Home, National Space Council Told

As the pace of novel space missions looks to rapidly take off in coming years, the U.S. commercial space economy is hurting from lack of one regulatory agency designated to authorize and oversee those missions, several speakers told the National Space Council Monday. NSpC Commercial Space Policy Director Diane Howard said Monday's listening session and another scheduled for Nov. 21 (see 2210130033) will provide fodder as the council comes up with a national space priorities framework.Read More >>

Space Bureau Expected to Get Bipartisan Commissioner Support

FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel's plans to remake the International Bureau into a Space Bureau and stand-alone Office of International Affairs (OIA) (see 2211030032) will likely get bipartisan support at the commission, former agency officials said. There was initial concern about the announced plan from House Commerce Committee ranking member Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., for potentially taking limelight away from the Satellite and Telecommunications Streamlining Act (see 2211040039), but those concerns seemingly have been papered over, a current commission staffer told us. We were told commissioners will likely see the Space Bureau as a good thing, especially if it can streamline the regulatory approval process for applicants.Read More >>