Articles by Owen D. Kurtin

The New Normal, Part II

Last month, we reviewed the fiscal, economic and political factors in both the Eurozone and the United States underlying “the new normal,” an emerging era of low growth, low interest rates, slashed government spending, higher unemployment and hoarded cash on corporate balance sheets. This combination of factors may take a greater toll on the satellite […]

By | November 1, 2011

The New Normal, Part I

The summer’s volatile capital markets, fueled by fears of contagion in larger Eurozone member states and a double-dip recession in the United States, may have more of an impact on the satellite sector than the “great recession” of 2008-2009. The satellite industry weathered that economic crisis well, with healthy revenues, profitability, activity and employment, but […]

By | October 1, 2011

LightSquared and the GPS Lobby

LightSquared, the L-band satellite operator planning to deploy a 4G-LTE (Long Term Evolution-a preliminary 4G standard) Ancillary Terrestrial Component (ATC) telecommunications network, has run into controversy since the milestone launch of the Skyterra 1 satellite last year. A powerful coalition of service providers and users of the global positioning system (GPS) are opposing the deployment […]

By | September 1, 2011

Cloud Computing and the Satellite Sector

Personal computers and local area networks are on the road to becoming basic display and input/output devices and services, with principal data storage and computer processing power housed in a remote location. Apple Computer’s June announcement that it is fully embracing cloud computing is the latest development in the paradigm shift to Web-based computing, which […]

By | August 1, 2011

After the Shuttle: Public/Private Partnerships and Technology Transfers

On April 12, 1961, Russian Yuri Gagarin made the first human flight into space. His Vostok spacecraft completed one earth orbit, and was followed in May 1961 by the suborbital flight of Alan Shepard, the first American in space, aboard his Mercury spacecraft, Freedom 7. The 50th anniversaries of the two flights this spring provides […]

By | July 1, 2011

Goodbye to the Space Shuttle

The U.S. Space Shuttle program will come to a close this year, a little more than 30 years after its inaugural flight, with the last flight scheduled for late June. Always a technological marvel and never an economic one, the shuttle reminds us of another beautiful white bird now seen only in museums, the Concorde. […]

By | June 1, 2011

ATC OR ASC? Maneuvers Remaking the MSS Sector

Is it really still ancillary terrestrial component (ATC), or should we call it ancillary satellite component? With the U.S. Federal Communications’ Commission’s grant of a waiver in January to MSS operator LightSquared (the former SkyTerra and Mobile Satellite Ventures) to permit terrestrial-only service, followed by a parallel application by competitor Globalstar, the climb-down by the […]

By | April 1, 2011

Net Neutrality: The New Rules

In February, we looked ahead to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) effort to enact rules to ensure unblocked, non-discriminatory access to the Internet, a regulatory scheme known as Net Neutrality. The FCC issued the Net Neutrality Report and Order on Dec. 23 containing the new rules. A Net Neutrality regime is critical to the […]

By | March 1, 2011

Net Neutrality Update

On Dec. 1 Julius Genachowski, chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, announced that the FCC would pursue enactment of rules to ensure “Net Neutrality — unblocked, non-discriminatory access to the Internet. The rules, released Dec. 23, will be reviewed in March — and debated for a long time. Whether law or regulation should guarantee […]

By | February 1, 2011

The New Congress and the Space Sector

As the 112th U.S. Congress convenes this month, the shock wave created by the November mid-term elections, which produced the largest turnover of seats in the House of Representatives in decades, continues to roil policymakers, stakeholders in those policies, lobbyists and other intermediaries. Not only does the new Republican majority in the House of Representatives […]

By | January 1, 2011

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