ERIC Number: ED050576
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Reference Count: N/A
The Future of Satellite Communications. Resource Management and the Needs of Nations.
Hinchman, Walter R.; Dunn, D. A.
Recent events suggest that Intelsat (the 68-nation International Telecommunications Satellite Consortium) will coordinate a number of domestic and regional systems that provide satellite communications services, some of which will be maintained by Intelsat and some of which will be independent. This report addresses the problems of conflict in functioning and resource use that such a multiplicity of systems may encounter. Practical methods of dealing with such conflicts, of meeting individual needs, and of making the benefits of satellite communications widely available are suggested. The report concludes that sufficient frequencies and orbital positions are available for all forseeable needs, provided there is intelligent advance planning and coordination at the international level. The report underlines the need for such planning and coordination, suggests that only minimal restraints be placed on direct broadcasting, and recommends major structural changes in the International Telecommunication Union (an agency of the United Nations) to make that organization more able to deal with the problems of satellite communications on an international basis. Two separate papers discuss the issues, primarily of spectrum resource management, to be decided at the 1971 World Administrative Radio Conference and propose a communication satellite system that could be built using existing technology. (JY)
Descriptors: Communications, Communications Satellites, Consortia, International Organizations, International Relations, Natural Resources, Networks, Radio, Resource Allocation, Telecommunications, Telephone Communications Systems, Television
The Twentieth Century Fund, 41 East 70th Street, New York, N.Y. 10021 ($1.00)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Twentieth Century Fund, New York, NY.
Identifiers: International Telecommunication Union; International Telecommunications Satellite; World Administrative Radio Conference
Note: Second report of the Twentieth Century Fund Task Force on International Satellite Communications