Can you use a Bell Satellite System in the US?

A Bell Canada satellite dish is pictured on a home in Nova Scotia. BCE is Canada's largest communications company, providing communication services to both residential and business customers in Canada. Operating under the Bell brand, the Company's services include Bell Home Phone local and long distance services, Bell Mobility and Solo Mobile wireless, high-speed Bell Internet, Bell TV direct-to-home satellite and VDSL television, IP-broadband services and information and communications technology (ICT) services. The Canadian Press Images/Steve White

Solid Signal doesn’t sell Bell equipment. Some of our dishes and accessories are Bell compatible, but we don’t sell it and we don’t support it.

Why? Because Bell equipment is designed for Canada and it’s not legal for a retailer like us to import it into the US. It’s not approved by the FCC, and everything that works with any sort of radio signal needs their approval.

The truth is, though, if you had a Bell satellite system in the US and you were within 100 or so miles from the Canadian border it would probably work. I don’t have any hard data, but satellites don’t know what country they’re beaming down into. You can focus a satellite beam so it stops short of covering the entire continent, but if you’re going to service the people of Toronto with strong signal, it’s practically impossible to keep that signal from leaking over to Michigan, New York, even Ohio.

It’s not legal for you to bring that stuff into the US. But hey, I’m not a border agent. I don’t know what you’re bringing. All I can tell you is that there’s some really good satellite TV systems for the US and I can only sell you equipment for the US. The rest is up to you.

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Stuart Sweet
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