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Satellite hopefuls urge Ottawa to exclude Telesat from orbital slot race

News | 12/22/1999 5:00 am EST

Potential new players in the Canadian facilities-based satellite market are urging the federal government to exclude the incumbent from a competition to award one of two remaining Canadian orbital slots for fixed satellite services (FSS). Four companies or partnerships — including at least two foreign players — want to challenge Telesat Canada’s satellite monopoly, saying competition will lower satellite costs, promote efficiency, and facilitate the development of innovative, higher value services.

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