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The authors report on a series of experiments conducted jointly by Ohio University and The Huntington National Bank. The aim was to determine if ACTS-based data communications services can serve as redundant facilities in an otherwise terrestrial network. The authors examined both technical compatibility and network management issues. In addition, Ohio University researchers conducted interviews with business resumption planners at several large corporations. As a result of these activities, the authors have concluded that the ACTS system is fully compatible with the terrestrial network. The authors expected that the transmission delay inherent in geostationary systems would have a negative impact on the response time provided to the end user.
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