Brandin,That is a good idea. I have already started compiling that information, and just about have enough information to present, but it may not scratch the surface. I do know that here in Kodiak signals are pretty easy to come by, but north of the Alaska Range is another issue in and of itself. Villages such as Kotzebue, Barrow and Prudhoe Bay are off the footprints of most DirecTV and Dish Network programming, which would be good for FTA, but up there you need a 4 meter dish if you have any remote hope of receiving FTA signals. That can be discouraging to most people.
Personally, I generally view 137°W and 139°W for the Alaska programming on C-Band, but for me it's about having a mixture of everything, that way it relieves the repetitiveness that paid satellite offers on both C and Ku Band. One big letdown with potential customers up here is the cost to get equipment sent here from the States. Otherwise, for me having FTA has been a blessing from day one. If I could successfully market this here, I think people would be relieved to have a different lineup of programming with the excitement of having various wildfeeds of programming that one wouldn't normally receive with paid satellite television. I guess I would have to really ask myself if I should continue selling and advertising FTA satellite, or pull my inventory and not worry about it?
In my opinion, I believe that the future is going to be more and more based upon streaming internet and the content therein as opposed to any home-based/personal satellite avenues.
Obviously, someone has to set up a receiving station which would include a satellite based access to the internet on a large scale in order to accommodate the subscribers of said internet service, but this whole avenue is leaning in that direction. I totally believe that Netflix (among others) are a major competitor to DN and DirecTV and creating a positive atmosphere of competition here in this regard.
How the whole scenario plays out is yet to be seen, but there is no justification to abandon any specific option at this time. Personally, I wouldn't altogether drop your approach of promoting FTA satellite services, but I would also be inclined to lend your talents to the expanding enterprises for as far as it can go at this time. Promoting anything such as FTA Satellite and streaming news/videos and what-not through all available technologies is definitely a positive direction for you to provide to your customer base. Some of your customers may or may not be willing to subscribe to the options open to them, but you have the opportunity to at least present the notions and options to them. What you are prepared to offer them and how far you are willing to go to represent your customers and expand your customer base is all a matter of how serious you are at supporting every venture that is available. Where and how you should begin, which is your basic question, has to revolve around how committed you are to maintaining the whole thing. It could be a great deal of fun, but I wouldn't consider it to be a lucrative venture for your business plans. I believe it would be more of a hobby for you as an individual to follow through with what YOU ARE INTERESTED in as opposed to something you can make money from.
I suppose, in other words, that you have to analyze your own willingness and desire and passion for this venture and promote it to others with the same level of enthusiasm that you have inside your heart and mind. If you believe in it strongly, you already have the answers that you can present to others which will influence them.
Are you personally interested in this avenue and do you believe in this option that much? Would you truly dedicate your personal time and expertise to promote it? If YES, then you have a great deal of passion to work on it and make it happen. It boils down to the notion of whether or not you like or LOVE your job and how much dedication you are willing to put forward to accelerate it.