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An outline of the problems of public policy raised by the development of satellite-communication techniques. The study surveys satellite technology as of mid-1960, analyzes outstanding technical problems, estimates the probable costs of some of the more promising systems, and analyzes future demand for overseas telecommunications under likely cost conditions and use possibilities. The authors also indicate areas of federal responsibility, both international and domestic, including the problem of frequency allocation. (Abridgment published as RM-2709.)

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