Satellite Industry and International Trade
Connexion by Boeing is an ambitious project to provide in- flight, high-speed broadband services to passengers. Industry observers acknowledge the service could be extremely useful for airline passengers but the prospective users will need to be convinced to pay the price. International business travellers on an expense account may be the most likely candidates to become loyal Connexion by Boeing customers. Connexion by Boeing management demonstrated practical thinking by changing the original plan of launching it as primarily a U.S. service after three major U.S. carriers withdrew from the venture in the wake of Sept. 11, 2001. Management at Connexion by Boeing showed resolve by forging partnerships with major carriers in Europe and Asia. U.S. airline partners ultimately may join the fold, along with prospective airline customers elsewhere in the world.
"The future will bring Washington telecommunication lawyers closer to the issue of cyberspace and the Internet. The practice will also become entirely regional and international as the character and size of the client telecom companies consolidate and expand. Multifaceted teams of lawyers will become commonplace, as the issues become more complex," says Smith.
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