84. Memorandum From the President’s Special Assistant for Telecommunications (O’Connell) to President Johnson1
There has been a unanimous expression of conclusion by the Interim Committee (the operating management instrument of the International Telecommunications Satellite Consortium—INTELSAT) that the Federal Communications Commission has been delaying contracting actions decided upon by the Consortium.
It is a further conclusion of the Interim Committee that the Federal Communications Commission is seeking to exercise jurisdiction on behalf of the United States which can override or nullify the decisions of the international body.[Page 156]
In two meetings which I have held with the Acting Chairman of the Commission, Mr. Rosel Hyde, and with a representative of the State Department, it has been made clear by Mr. Hyde that, in his opinion, the Commission does not have jurisdiction of this nature.
I concluded that it was important for this office to make a clear statement available to the Commission as a whole, and for this purpose transmitted the attached letter (Enclosure 1) to the Acting Chairman of the Commission.
The State Department also transmitted a letter to the Commission and a copy is attached at Enclosure 2.2
Enclosure 3 is a copy of the resolution which was passed unanimously by the international Interim Committee of INTELSAT on May 27, 1966.