Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
The FCC coordinated and registered launches of spacecraft for INTELSAT, a consortium of more than 130 countries that own and operate the world's most extensive global communications satellite system. INTELSAT 703, 704, 705, and 706 were all launched during FY 1995. The FCC also authorized FY 1995 launches of two global communications satellites by PanAmSat, the first private company to provide global satellite services. Similarly, the FCC authorized the November 1994 launch of the Orion I communications satellite. In January 1995, the FCC allocated spectrum for satellite Digital Audio Radio Services (DARS). This action is the first step toward providing the American public with new multichannel, multiformat digital radio service with sound quality equivalent to compact disks. Overall, the FCC continued to regulate non-Government uses of the communications spectrum.
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Last Updated: September 5, 1996
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