Communications: Quarrels over Comsat

While the Early Bird satellite sits in peaceful orbit 22,300 miles above the Atlantic, things are anything but peaceful back on earth for its owner, the Communications Satellite Corp. Comsat, whose only product so far is Early Bird, has become involved in a series of bitter controversies over the use of the world's first commercial communications satellite. Last week the biggest fuss yet was raised on both sides of the Atlantic over the rates that Comsat plans to charge for sending TV programs overseas via its drum-shaped, 85-Ib. mainstay. All three major...

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