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Published in: Proceedings of the Twenty-Seventh Colloquium on the Law of Outer Space, International Institute of Space Law of the International Astronautical Federation, Lausanne, Switzerland, October 7–13, 1984 Published by American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics New York, 1985.


Communications play a key role in the flow of information, data and ideas. They are one of the chief element of infrastructure, leading to social changes and economic development. The role of communications increased tremendously with the advent of direct TV broadcasts through satellites which are a powerful means of diffusing information, knowledge and education, as well as of recreation and fun.
An important characteristic of direct TV broadcasts is that various states can broadcast programmes to be received by anyone in the world. In other words these broadcasts do not reckon with state borders and political systems.