The Commercial Uses of Communication Satellites

by Leland Johnson



Commercial communications satellites are among the first applications of the United States space program to tangible, peaceful. purposes. Due to the many potential benefits to mankind that may accrue from this application, considerable attention has been focused on the various uses of communication satellites. Worldwide telephone and television have frequently been mentioned, and particular emphasis has been placed on the use of satellites by underdeveloped countries. President Kennedy, in a recent policy statement, specified that a United States satellite system be "global" in coverage "including service where individual portions of the coverage are not profitable, and that the United States government should provide technical assistance to newly developing countries in order to help attain an effective global system as soon as practicable. Some observers have stressed the importance of providing educational television that will have a "revolutionary" economic and political impact on currently underdeveloped and inaccessible areas of the globe.

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