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AUSSATAustralian Communication Satellite
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AUSSAT, the Australian satellite service, beams television to the most remote comers of the continent, including to the sparsely populated Centre.
Using a satellite-receiving dish to download the broadcast signal from AUSSAT, the BRACS transmitter emits a low-power television and radio signal that blankets a five sq km area, the equivalent of a local settlement.
AUSSAT was, however, to be an Australian-owned satellite with licensed television services.
Whether out of nervousness or necessity, AUSSAT policy was firmly fixed on commercial services (see Gosewinckel, 1990).
AUSSAT provided the technical means for radio channels to be piggybacked on the B-Mac TV service, yet there was no avenue for submitting such a bid to the tribunal.
AUSSAT was sold to Optus in the 1990s, having failed financially.
In her history of Imparja television, Wendy Bell briefly raises the issue of access as it arose during the AUSSAT years:
It operates the existing four Aussat communications satellites, and is preparing to launch a next-generation satellite in a joint venture with Australia's Department of Defence.