Vanderbilt Law Review

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The declared policy of the United States is the establishment of a global system of communications satellites which will serve our needs and those of other countries, which will permit the participation of all nations, and which will contribute to world peace and understanding." Such a system, President Kennedy stated, is a vital element in the march of civilization. For lawyers to have a meaningful understanding of the developments in this new and important endeavor requires some understanding of the basic technology of communications satellites, of applicable legislation, and of the international problems involved. This article will attempt to present at least the basic material necessary for such comprehension.