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SCHOOLS TO INTERCEPT LESSONS FROM THE SKY; GE AMERICOM/EDSAT AGREEMENT TURNS SATELLITE INTO TEACHER

 SCHOOLS TO INTERCEPT LESSONS FROM THE SKY;
 GE AMERICOM/EDSAT AGREEMENT TURNS SATELLITE INTO TEACHER
 PRINCETON, N.J., Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Schools, colleges and universities nationwide, including Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico, will now be able to receive educational programming directly from a single satellite source.
 The National Education Telecommunications Organization (NETO) and its subsidiary, the EDSAT corporation, have chosen GE American Communications, Inc. (GE Americom) to help make satellite-based distance learning a practical reality. GE Americom will provide both C-band and Ku-band service via EDSAT transponders on ASC-1, located in geosynchronous orbit at 128 degrees W.L.
 The agreement will make it possible for a variety of educational programming to collocate on one satellite. This will allow educational institutions, libraries and other distance learning centers -- including those in remote and rural areas -- to draw a broad range of programming from a single satellite source.
 EDSAT expects as many as 40 education programmers to collocate on ASC-1 during the 1992-93 school year.
 NETO and EDSAT are non-profit organizations that represent satellite users from educational areas. Both organizations were established to govern, purchase and manage affordable and equitable satellite and other telecommunications services on behalf of America's educational institutions.
 GE Americom, located in Princeton, uses the SATCOM fleet -- five C-band and two Ku-band satellites -- to service cable television, broadcast radio and television as well as business information and government markets. GE Americom is a subsidiary of General Electric Company (NYSE: GE).
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 /CONTACT: Paul Manuele, 609-987-4200, or Susan Bennett, 609-987-4202, both of GE Americom/
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