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Contents Intoroduction Preliminaries Chapter 1 Chapter 2
Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Appendix Index

A General Policy Considerations

1. Current U.S. Policy


The Communications Satellite Act of 1962, 47 U.S.C. §§ 701-744 (1984), embodies the United States policy goals on the establishment of international satellite systems. The Act calls for the establishment of a commercial communications satellite system which would meet public needs and national objectives, serve the communication needs of the United States and other countries, and contribute to world peace and understanding by the development of a system through cooperation with other countries. 47 U.S.C. § 701(a). To effectuate these objectives, the Act states that the system to be established should: (1) provide communication services to the economically less developed countries as well as the highly developed countries; (2) promote the use of the most efficient and advanced technology available; and (3) reflect the efficiencies of the system in its rates and services. 47 U.S.C. § 701(b).


In the White Paper, the Executive branch sets forth further U.S. international communications and information goals which are to: promote the free flow of information throughout the world; retain U.S. leadership and economical and technological strength in the communications market; expand U.S. involvement in international trade; foster the availability of efficient, cost-effective, and innovative services; fulfill U.S. obligations under the INTELSAT Agreements and support the INTELSAT organization as a key element in providing all countries of the world access to global communications services; and advocate and adopt international communications policies which foster competition and move toward increasing reliance on market forces, while accounting for differing national policies.

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