Around the World by Microwave for Half a Billion Dollars

by L. G. Martin

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A comparison of costs of a worldwide communication system using microwave relay or communications satellites. The author considers the $500,000,000 already spent on R&D for communications satellites and what it would buy in microwave installation. Since the major countries of the world already have microwave and coax cable systems of TV capacity, it seems likely that a worldwide network could incorporate portions of this existing capacity, thus serving a greater number of people at smaller cost.

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