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Communications Satellites : Global Change Agents - Joseph N. Pelton

Communications Satellites

Global Change Agents

Paperback Published: 27th July 2004
ISBN: 9780805849622
Number Of Pages: 408

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Over the past 40 years, satellites have played a key role in creating a global culture, spreading worldwide entertainment, stimulating technological interchange, and promoting trade around the world. "Communications Satellites: Global Change Agents" addresses communications satellites not only in terms of the technology and the services they provide, but also with consideration of the technology's impact in socio-political, security, economic, policy, news, entertainment, and cultural spheres.
Editors Joseph N. Pelton, Robert J. Oslund, and Peter Marshall bring together contributions that place satellites into a broad context and examine how they influence and define today's world. Written in a non-technical, reader-friendly style, chapters investigate how satellite communications work and explore the role of satellites in such arenas as:
*news and entertainment systems around the world;
*Internet, E-business, and the new global economy;
*global television and radio channels;
*military operations; and
*education, health services, economic development, and electronic immigration.

"Communications Satellites: Global Change Agents" examines what satellites have been and projects how they will evolve in the future, articulating what they mean to the world today and forecasting what they will mean tomorrow. As the definitive source on communications satellites and their role in today's world, this volume serves as a valuable, unique, and timely resource for scholars and students in telecommunications, communication and technology, mass communication and society, and broadcasting.

Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xiii
Dedicationp. xxi
Introduction
Satellites as Worldwide Change Agentsp. 3
Technology
Satellite Technology: The Evolution of Satellite Systems and Fixed Satellite Servicesp. 33
The "New" Satellite Services: Broadcast, Mobile, and Broadband Internet Satellite Systemsp. 55
Launch Vehicles and Their Rolep. 83
History and Politics
The Geopolitics and Institutions of Satellite Communicationsp. 111
Regulating Communications Satellites on the Way to Globalismp. 147
Dual Use Challenge and Response: Commercial and Military Uses of Space Communicationsp. 175
Business, Media, and Economics
Satellites, Internet, and IP Networkingp. 199
Benefits of Satellite Telecommunicationsp. 219
The World of Satellite TV: News, the Olympics, and Global Entertainmentp. 243
Impact on Society
New Opportunities and Threats for 21st-Century Lifep. 265
Satellites and the Promise of Teleeducation and Telehealthp. 281
Satellites and Global Diversityp. 299
Future Trends
The Future of Satellite Communications Systemsp. 317
Synthesis and Conclusions
Trends for the Future: Telepower Opportunities and Teleshock Concernsp. 341
Glossaryp. 359
Biographies of the Authorsp. 363
Author Indexp. 371
Subject Indexp. 375
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ISBN: 9780805849622
ISBN-10: 0805849629
Series: Telecommunications
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 408
Published: 27th July 2004
Publisher: LAWRENCE ERLBAUM ASSOC INC
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.81 x 15.39  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.56
Edition Number: 1