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Wayward satellite causing concern among cable companies


WATERLOO (KWWL) -- A satellite that has lost its way in space is causing concern for cable companies across the country.

Galaxy-15, a communications satellite owned by Intelsat, began drifting off course back on April 7th and could soon interfere with the transmission of network signals to cable companies across the United States.

Signals were moved from Galaxy-15 to Galaxy-12, to avoid any interruption of service.

But now, there is a new concern.

The wayward satellite could start interfering with signals transmitted on AMC-11, which transmits 18 networks and some pay-per-view programming on CFU's cable system, on or about May 23.

Intelsat believes interference or loss of signal can be avoided, but Betty Zeman at CFU says only time will tell.

Network owners may move their signals to other satellites to avoid any disruption.

Phyllis Peters at Mediacom says they are also watching the situation very closely and they have a plan in place to move any impacted networks if needed.

Betty Zeman points out that this situation threatens nearly every cable company across the country and was not created by any cable company.

Galaxy-15 was expected to stay in service until 2022.

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