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Executives Express Frustration Over Global Policies

By | January 15, 2004

      HONOLULU–Cautious optimism and policy frustration top the list of emotions expressed by various satellite industry executives as they consider business initiatives for 2004 and beyond. During panel sessions here at the Pacific Telecommunications Council (PTC) conference, industry leaders where quick to point out what global policies need to change, where further consolidation is needed and who will be left standing once the dust settles.

      One major change executives want to see implemented centers on U.S. export control policy. “It has gone from necessary to completely ridiculous,” said Peter Jackson, CEO of Asia Satellite Telecommunications. “We need our people present during the manufacturing process and if [U.S. export control policy] stops this then we do not feel comfortable signing a contract with a U.S. manufacturer.”

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