Federal Communications Law Journal

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46 Federal Communications Law Journal 329 (1994)


INTELSAT has provided the space segment for a global satellite telecommunications network since its inception in 1962. In part due to its economic success, several companies applied to the FCC for licenses to operate international telecommunications satellites separate from INTELSAT. This Comment asserts that INTELSAT did not suffer economic harm from the separate systems because no technological cause or economic reason exits for INTELSAT's high volume routes to subsidize its low volume routes. INTELSAT's pricing structure, its flexibility, and the increasing market for international satellite telecommunications have ensured INTELSAT's continued economic viability in the face of competitors.