The Economic Benefits of Updating Regulations that Unnecessarily Limit Non-Geostationary Satellite Orbit Systems

26 Pages Posted: 13 Aug 2023

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Harold Furchtgott-Roth

Furchtgott-Roth Economic Enterprises; Hudson Institute; Brooklyn Law School

Date Written: August 11, 2023

Abstract

Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite systems, a form of non-geostationary satellite orbit (NGSO) systems, are one of the most promising recent advances in Internet access. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) equivalent power flux-density (epfd) rules crafted 25 years ago limit the capacity and effectiveness of NGSO fixed-satellite service (FSS) systems, reducing the availability and increasing the cost of services provided by NGSO FSS systems. Updating 25-year-old epfd rules would provide tens of billions of dollars of benefits to customers around the world, particularly to the 2 billion people not yet connected to the Internet.

Keywords: ITU, epfd rules, consumer welfare

JEL Classification: L51, L52, L86, L96, L98

Suggested Citation

Furchtgott-Roth, Harold, The Economic Benefits of Updating Regulations that Unnecessarily Limit Non-Geostationary Satellite Orbit Systems (August 11, 2023). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4538619 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4538619

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