ERIC Number: ED088484
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
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The Case Against Satellites. The Network Project. Notebook Number Seven.
Columbia Univ., New York, NY. Network Project.
An analysis is presented of the dangers generated by the corporate ownership of a satellite communications technology powerful enough to centralize and control the flow of information. The first part of the report reprints the transcript of a radio documentary on satellite communications, one of a series of five MATRIX radio programs produced by the Network Project. It includes discussion of the technology's military heritage, its subsequent patterns of institutional control, and a pessimistic forecast concerning its worldwide application. This transcript also serves as an introduction to the second half of the Notebook, which documents the Project's most recent attempt to deter corporate imposition of domestic satellite systems. This effort took the form of a court appeal challenging the legality of the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) grant of satellite licenses to the Hughes Aircraft Company, RCA, and Fairchild Industries. An abridged edition of the appeal is provided, highlighting the appellant's claim that the FCC grant: 1) failed to receive evidence of the types of service to be provided; 2) did not take into account the public's right to freedom of expression; and 3) violated anti-trust and communications statutes. (Author/PB)
Descriptors: Centralization, Certification, Communications, Communications Satellites, Court Litigation, Freedom of Speech, Government Role, Industry, Information Networks, Matrices, Pamphlets, Technology, Telecommunications
The Network Project, 101 Earl Hall, Columbia University, New York, N.Y. 10027 ($2.00 individuals; $5.00 institutions)
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Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. Network Project.