<<May 12, 2000>>

John L. Mack <jlmack@erols.com>

Marlee R. Norton <mnorton@ntca.org>

Mr. Jim Miller <jimmsl@aol.com>

Peter T. Knight <ptknight@attglobal.net>

Dr. Joseph N. Pelton <ecjpelton@aol.com>

Richard Bliss <broadgroup.broadgroup@hotoffice.net>

Ben Hindley <ab367@sfn.saskatoon.sk.ca>

Dear John:

(1)  Many thanks for your msg (ATTACHMENT I).

Dear Ms. Norton:

(2)  At John's suggestion, I am writing this to you.

     I am very happy to know your willingness to host our one-day workshop on
      Rescue Iridium" at your office, with about two dozen attendees.

          Pls inform me your address and phone number, etc.

(3)  Pls visit <http://www.kagawa-jc.ac.jp/~steve/global-univ-2000.html> and
     find my following listserve distributions which include email
     suggestions/comments on this subject;

     (a)  $2+ billion fund for Education by the World Bank - May 3, 2000,

     (b)  Rescue of Iridium's 66 satellites at $5 billion (Part IV /
          Responses) - April 21, 2000,

     (c)  Rescue of Iridium's 66 satellites at $5 billion (Part III /
          Responses) - April 15, 2000,

     (d)  Rescue of Iridium's 66 satellites at $5 billion (Part II /
          Responses) - April 8, 2000,

     (e)  Rescue of Iridium's 66 satellites at $5 billion - April 5, 2000.

(4)  As described in Item (3)-(c) above, we would like to brainstorm the
     feasibility of utilizing Iridium for Internet access, inexpensively
     uplinking to it (as Jim Miller proposed) and then utilizing Worldspace
     satellite for broadband downlinking (as John Mack proposed).

     If affirmative, we will then discuss what the next step to be.

(5)  Our other related project is the Global Service Trust Fund (GSTF) which
     is now adopted by the newly established [Arthur C.] Clark Institute of
     Telecommunications and Information (CITI), thanks to the effort made by
     Dr. Peter Knight, one of our colleagues -- see ATTACHMENT II.

     Peter will be back from Brazil on 6/16th and will leave for his summer
     house in Main in July.

     Since I would like to have Peter in this workshop, I would be very happy
     if you can inform me two alternative dates between June 19th to June 30th.

Dear Peter and Jim:

(6)  I will inform you as soon as I hear from Ms. Norton.  Pls make sure to
     attend this important workshop.  Thanks.

Dear Richard:

(7)  Many thanks for your msg (ATTACHMENT III).

Dear Ben:

(8)  Many thanks for your msg (ATTACHMENT IV).

Best, Tak
                          ATTACHMENT I

Date: Fri, 12 May 2000 11:37:35 -0400
From: John Mack <jlmack@erols.com>
To: Tak Utsumi <utsumi@friends-partners.org>
CC: "Marlee R. Norton" <mnorton@ntca.org>
Subject: Iridium Meeting

Hi Tak,
Response from VITA was not definitive however, Marlee Norton of the
National Telephone Cooperative Association has expressed interest in
hosting the meeting. Please contact her via the email address above to
see if can happen at her organization's office.
                         ATTACHMENT II

                      Reference web sites:



(2)  Tampere conference:


(3)  Global University System:


(4)  Global University System: Asia-Pacific Framework:


(5)  Global broadband Internet networks:


(6)  Global Service Trust Fund (GSTF):




(7)  Manaus workshop:

                         ATTACHMENT III

Date: Thu, 27 Apr 2000 10:53:02 -0400
From: Richard Bliss <broadways@earthlink.net>
To: utsumi@friends-partners.org
Subject: Response: Rescue of Iridium's 66 satellites ETC
cc reply to: broadgroup.broadgroup@hotoffice.net


I am very interested in this issue. Thanks for the rich and worthwhile responses.
Whtehr as world-internet, humanitarian global contact or whatever - even with
the economic concept of the basic cost issue - this should if nothing else be
decided by the danger of multiple falling object, l;arge & small, in the
potential de-orbiting.

Remember Skylab - that was bigger, but that was just one.

This is something I wrote, not entirely facetiously, to the White House,
before getting your much needed and detailed cluster of cross-mails.


Re: the Iridium satellite debacle, the news the bankrupt company must
"de-orbit" the 66 satellites and the four spares 420 miles up in orbit.

Unless the latest spate of news stories was just a PR ploy to get more
attention to their failure to get investors in the failing company, it ssems a
an ecoonomic tragedy of purpose to see the prospect of such huge value of
satellites to be "de-orbited." over two years.

We shoud initiate a public-government co-venture to keep these satllites in
orbit.  The solution envelope could contain many potential saves.

1.  We could oiffer US citizens (and the world) some form of free access to
internet and phone communication using the failed company's satellites.

2. At the very least, since the state lotteries across the country
theoretically support education (after fees, salaries, running expenses, etc.)
we could propose a "national lottery link" where people could get lottery
results easily over the phone, for free, besides what's available already on
the Net through USA today or other services. (I am not being totally

3. The satellites can be put to some useful government/social/private use, can
be resold or leased to other companies, support further TELEDESIC-like
wireless hookups, even be used by other wireless systems, with some

4.  Even retro them together into some kind of cluster, a communications hub,
which orbits the earth, offing daily Hub for access to all kinds of survey-
global-wireless connection and information. If this can;t be done I'd like to
see some concise analytical explanation of why, configuration-wise, it CAN'T be done.

5. Let school kids each buy a "piece of the satellite" the way they used to
sell square inches of Florida on cereal packages, years ago. DO SOMETHING
SMART.  Don;t let the 6 billion or whatever that was put into getting them up
into orbit go to waste. Maybe Micheal Eisner could use them as an orbital wine
cellar, put Disney characters on them, or beam down cartoons on Sat morning.


It would be a total waste of money and effort to destroy these satellites. To
do anything other than preserve the existing satellites and the value of their
original insertion into orbit would be a tragic waste of resources, money and effort.

I can be reached at this email with cc to broadgroup.broadgroup@hotoffice.net.


                         ATTACHMENT IV

Date: Fri, 21 Apr 2000 14:26:34 -0400
From: Ben Hindley <ab367@sfn.saskatoon.sk.ca>
To: utsumi@friends-partners.org
Subject: Re: Rescue of Iridium's 66 satellites at $5 billion (Part IV /


PLEASE get me involved in this workshop and also involed in anything in this project.

I would like to see a non-profit organization formed by the people that
are exploring this area and see if we can get this project rolling.

As a Information Communicatio Technology company that is working out of
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada I am sure that we can help in many areas
on this project as fasr as wholesale prices on equipment. We could also
use this service in our work in the development countries.

Saskatoon Saskatchewan has a hugh tracking station here at the University
and we also have companies involved in the area of satellite communication.

Please get back to me if We can be of any assistance and help. Our
Canadian dollar is also an advantage in the way of equipment costs.

Waiting your replies

Ben Hindley
Saskatoon, Sakatchewan, Canada
Kelowna, B.C. Canada
Nigeria, Africa
Brazil, South America
                      List of Distribution

John L. Mack, CEO
John L. Mack & Associates
International Telecommunications Investment Consultant
P.O. Box 567
Upper Marlboro, MD 20773-0567
Fax: 301-627-2188

Marlee R. Norton
National Telephone Cooperative Association

Mr. Jim Miller
2 Nickerson Street, Suite 100
Seattle, WA 98109-1652
Mobile: 206-619-2144
Fax: 206-283-4538
Paging: 206-955-1036
ShareVision: 206-283-4538 (call 206-283-9420 first)
ISDN Equipped - 206-218-0027/8 (call 206-283-9420 first)
E-Rate SPIN - 143004591

Peter T. Knight
Knight, Moore - Telematics for Education and Development
Communications Development Incorporated (CDI)
Strategy, Policy, Design, Implementation, Evaluation
1808 I Street, NW, 7th Floor
Washington, DC 20006, USA
Tel: 1-202-775-2132 (secretary), 1-202-721-0348 (direct)
Fax: 1-202-775-2135 (office), 1-202-362-8482 (home)
webmail: ptknight@netscape.net
IP for CU-SeeMe:
http://www.knight-moore.com/projects/GSTF.html -- about GSTF

Dr. Joseph N. Pelton
Senior Research Scientist
Institute for Applied Space Research, Rm 340
George Washington University
2033 K Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20052
Fax: 202-994-5505
Acting Executive Director of CITI
Vice-Chair of the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation of the U.S. (ACCFUS)
Arthur C. Clark Institute for Telecommunication and Information (CITI)
4025 40th Street North
Arlington, VA 22207
(703) 536-6985

Richard Bliss
Ashtar Ananda
Studio 103
Visualiztion Lab
@Redfern .Dr
SSI, GA 31522
(912) 534-2611

Ben Hindley
ICT Consultant, Distance Education Consultant
TeleMED International, Canada
H. Peace and K. Barn (ICT STORE) International Limited
201-502 Tait Crescent
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Canada, S7H 5L2
(306) 374-0346

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