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Teledesic Contributes To Fund Supporting FCC'S International Travel.

KIRKLAND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 16, 1996--Teledesic Corp., which is building a global, broadband "Internet-in-the-sky," has contributed $25,000 to the Wendell R. Harris International Fund, a non-profit fund established to support the Federal Communications Commission's international travel.

The fund is a 501(c)3 organization set up in memory of Harris, the former associate bureau chief of the FCC International Bureau who died in May 1996. The innovative fund was created by former colleagues shortly after his death to supplement the international travel budget necessary for the commission to perform its duties.

"With the upcoming International Telecommunications Union Policy Forum, the World Trade Organization talks and the 1997 World Radio Conference, it is vital that the FCC have the funds necessary to travel and advocate effectively on behalf of the U.S. telecommunications industry," said Teledesic President Russell Daggatt. "As evidenced by the success of the United States at last year's World Radio Conference, U.S. international advocacy works and we'd like to play a small part in supporting those efforts."

Using a constellation of several hundred low-Earth-orbit satellites, Teledesic is the only proposed satellite communications network that will enable affordable, worldwide access to "fiber-like" telecommunications services such as broadband Internet access, digital voice, data, videoconferencing and interactive multimedia.

Backed by telecommunications pioneer Craig McCaw and Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates, the Teledesic Network will provide switched, broadband network connections through service partners in host countries worldwide. Essentially an "Internet-in-the-sky," the Teledesic Network emulates the most famous distributed network, the Internet, while adding the benefits of real-time capability and location-insensitive access.

CONTACT: Media Contact: Roger Nyhus, 206/720-1739

nyhus@teledesic.com

Corporate Office: 206/803-1400

info@teledesic.com
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