Landing Rights Resurfacing in Europe

European satellite operators are complaining that new regulatory structures being established in the old country are recreating the "landing rights" system that supposedly has been abolished. Landing rights are permissions that operators must obtain for their satellite to be used in a particular country. Traditionally, the system applied to commercial satellite systems created to compete with old intergovernmental satellite systems such as Intelstat. By treaty, governments had to grant landing rights for the new satellite systems to compete.


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