Communications Satellite Act Law and Legal Definition

The Communications Satellite Act of 1962 is a U.S federal statute. The Act is the successor to the Radio Act of 1927. The object of the Act is to deal with the issue of commercialization of space communications and to establish a commercial communications system utilizing space satellites which will serve our needs and those of other countries and contribute to world peace and understanding. The Act establishes the Communications Satellite Corporation (COMSAT).

Agencies from different countries joined the COMSAT and formed the International telecommunication Consortium (INTELSAT). INTERLSAT establishes a global commercial communications network.

The Act governs all nongovernmental wire and wireless telecommunication. The Act established the Federal Communications Commission.