The potential for exploiting high-gain antennas and advanced electronics in synchronous orbits is extrapolated to the limits of technological feasibility as it is now conceived, and possible uses are explored for the exceptional capabilities that could become available. The extrapolations indicate the potential, with full exploitation, of a profound sociological and economic impact that would affect current systems, investment, business, government, and the home. Public interest and support, government regulations and policies, and special interests are likely to determine the rate at which the current technological potential is exploited. Regulatory and policy exigencies suggest the need for considering the establishment of a federal Department of Communications. 22 pp.
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