Tracing New Orbits: Cooperation and Competition in Global Satellite Development

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Tracing New Orbits: Cooperation and Competition in Global Satellite Development

Edited by Donna A. Demac
Columbia University Press, 1986
323 pp. $35.00

The international telecommunications industry is in great ferment. Deregulation, privatization and new technology have destabilized the traditional public sector monopoly in all aspects from telephone and data transmission to television distribution. This tightly edited volume looks at the economic, regulatory and political issues attendant on the explosive growth of new commercial satellite telecommunication services. There is discussion of national and regional changes, such as Canada's commercial space policy, Europe's various regional satellite ventures, and the proposed Pan American Satellite project between the U.S. and Latin America. The Intelsat monopoly is debated by strident voices on both sides of the issue. The woeful incapacity of the international regulatory framework, particularly relating to international copyright and protection of the privacy of data, is explored. The book is the first, not the last word. Stay tuned, there is surely more to follow.

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