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Market demand will decide if new satellites are used more for broadcasting or Internet

News | 03/29/2001 5:00 am EST

Bird Satellite Communications Inc says it will provide broadcasting capacity on its proposed new satellites, despite reports that the company is wedded to an Internet-only strategy. Scott Gibson, Bird’s VP legal and regulatory affairs, says if Industry Canada approves its March 15 licence application, the first of two satellites to launch will include 24 C-band transponders on which Canadian broadcasters will have right of first refusal.

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