This article is from the Digital Broadcast Satellites FAQ, by Brian Trosko firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
The charter for rec.video.satellite.dbs, as proposed and voted
on when the newsgroup was created, is as follows:
rec.video.satellite.dbs will be for the discussion of new,
emerging DBS (Direct Broadcast Satellite) technologies, e.g.
DSS. DBS/DSS is a digital home-entertainment service which
will transmit cable-style programming via higher-powered satellites in
a compressed and encrypted format. DBS customers purchase a small
(18" or so) receiving dish and associated components which enable them
to subscribe to cable-type programming without having to be wired for
cable, or in areas not served by cable TV. This new group would
cover all DBS systems worldwide. rec.video.satellite.dbs will
be gatewayed to a 'yet to be started' mailinglist if this
proposal is successful.
Discussion is governed by this charter. It is deliberately vague in terms
of what can be discussed, because nobody can predict what issues might
come up for discussion in the future. In short, anything related to DBS
systems, technologies, or programming is fair game, within the bounds
One special mention, however: At the time the group was created,
general Usenet consensus was that advertising would only be allowed
in a group if *specifically allowed* by the charter. The r.v.s.d charter
has no such provisions allowing advertising, and while not strictly
prohibited, it is not exactly welcome, either.