Joint Cost and Price Discrimination: The Problem of Communications Satellites.

by Leland Johnson

Purchase Print Copy

 FormatList Price Price
Add to Cart Paperback30 pages $20.00 $16.00 20% Web Discount

An examination of the potential conflict over the pricing of communications satellites. Following a brief description of satellite technology and institutional arrangements for developing and operating a commercial system, the cost structure is analyzed from data on past satellite studies. In light of the analysis a theoretical peak-load pricing model is employed to discuss efficient pricing for satellites. Finally, it is demonstrated that the enterprise is likely to face serious dilemmas concerning its pricing policies because of the various objectives set forth in the Communications Satellite Act.

This report is part of the RAND Corporation paper series. The paper was a product of the RAND Corporation from 1948 to 2003 that captured speeches, memorials, and derivative research, usually prepared on authors' own time and meant to be the scholarly or scientific contribution of individual authors to their professional fields. Papers were less formal than reports and did not require rigorous peer review.

The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.