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ECONOMIC PROBLEMS OF ESTABLISHING A COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE SYSTEM,
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF
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Four types of monopolistic ownership for a U. S. Satellite System are considered 1 system owned and operated exclusively by U. S. international common carriers 2 system owned and operated by these carriers and satellite equipment manufacturers 3 system owned by neither of these but by a diversity of stockholders who generally have no direct business ties in the communications field, this firm selling voice channels to the common carriers and 4 a system owned and operated by the government that would sell channels to common carriers. The U. S. is stated to have the problem of deciding whether 1 to develop a system for a large number of countries, particularly underdeveloped ones, this probably including a large number of satellite ground stations in many smaller nations or 2 to establish relatively few large ground stations around the world in major population centers in order to tie together the major land masses and then connect the underdeveloped countries into the worldwide system by conventional land line.
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