They ride in on the same access rights and exemptions electricity, water, gas, sewer lines do.
I don't know that the sattelite companies fit into this? At any rate this attempted regulation seems unnecessary unless it can be tied to public funds. I think the whole industry is due a major overhaul, esp here in H-town where about 60% can't watch the local sports teams whose stadiums are publicly funded (out of towner taxes do hurt) I don't have cable but go over to someones house maybe once per month if there is something live i ~need~ to watch.
a.k.a. Nixon had worse stuff on the democrats. Putting pure politicians in charge of military decisions (or anything in need of objective reality) is a problem.
Dedicated express lanes which prevent the same morons from trying to exit across X lanes of traffic at the last minute every day and stopping the entire freeway
more trains and bus lines
As for the automated tickets, a good investigation of the kickback trail could do much to alleviate the above problems as well. In Htown we were slammed with large contract even after the lights were voted down.