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Satellite Policy Still Orbiting

Jan 12,1999
A concrete satellite policy is still wandering the cosmos in search of a flight path.
While numerous broadcasting-related regulations have been pending in the National Assembly for a considerably lengthy time, Dacomsat paid 320 million dollars for the Mugunghwa 3 satellite which has been idly sitting in storage for the past 18 months wasting astronomical amounts of money.
The Mugunghwa 1, which was launched in 1995, was a total failure and the launching of the Mugunghwa 2 in 1996 achieved orbit but was not able to deliver broadcasting and communication signals.
According to the Ministry of Information and Communication on January 12, Dacom is supposed to launch Dacomsat, which already poured 98 million dollars into the launching, from Florida on March 8 but even if all goes well it will still be without regulations to govern its use.
These satellite-related projects were all actively promoted under the belief that the government's positive statements last year on the broadcasting law's amendments would be finalized soon.
However, owing to the recent political struggle between the ruling National Congress for New Politics(NCNP) and the opposition Grand National Party(GNP), satellite broadcasting is predicted to be only on track by 2001 at the earliest.


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