WASHINGTON, July 11, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
Profile America — Saturday, July 11th. The distant reaches of planet Earth came into focus for the average American on this date in 1962 with the successful relay of a transatlantic signal by Telstar, the first privately owned satellite launched the day before. While a major communications advance and a sensation of the day, Telstar did not last long. It failed in December, was restored briefly, and then went dead in February 1963. Today, dozens of communications satellites allow television signals, telephone calls, and computer hookups to all points of the Earth, and we take such instant communications for granted. Across the U.S., there are some 8,200 people employed in 552 firms providing satellite telecommunication services. The value of satellite telecommunications is over $6.7 billion annually. Profile America is in its 19th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.
Telecommunications firms and employment/NAICS 517410: http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=BP_2013_00A1&prodType=table
Telecommunications receipts/NAICS 517410: http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ECN_2012_US_00A1&prodType=table
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau