Founded in 1981, The Capitol Connection was the leading provider of public affairs and news cable TV to businesses and associations throughout the Washington, DC metro area, which provided access to national and international news, gavel-to-gavel coverage of Congress, local TV channels, Wall Street, and much more. The television service carried C-SPAN, C-SPAN2, C-SPAN3, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, Fox News, and Bloomberg Television which formerly was not available in the District of Columbia on cable television. Additionally, the service produced and broadcast meetings of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). At the time of its founding, while most of the country could watch the C-SPAN channels on cable TV, it was not available to those who lived and worked in Washington, DC, including government agencies and the White House. After 35 years of broadcasting, the television service was shut down in 2017.
For almost 20 years, the Capitol Connection ran the C-Band video uplink dish, which was located on the campus of George Mason University. It was used to broadcast live classes around the globe and to broadcast the open meetings of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) across the nation to interested viewers. After it became easy to broadcast these classes and meetings via the internet, the C-Band Uplink was rarely used. In 2018, the Capitol Connection (GMUIF) donated the Uplink to the School of Engineering to allow Mason students to receive signals, data, and images from satellites as well as signals from missions to the moon. The engineering school calls the dish Space Communications Ground Station or SpaceCom. It is the largest satellite dish available to students in the Washington D.C. metro area. If the school had tried to acquire a new dish, it would have cost them over $1.2 million dollars.
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The Capitol Connection provided end-to-end webcast production assistance, whether your event originated as a live presentation or was prerecorded. In addition, we provided live streaming and captions to all devices.