Today, of the over 2,400 satellites in Earth orbit, only about one hundred are operated by nongovernmental organizations or private conpanies. That situation is changing: in the next ten years as many as a thousand more commercial communication satellites will be placed into orbit. These systems will provide on-demand, worldwide telecommunications.
"Commercial Satellites: Future Threats or Allies?,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 52
, Article 6.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol52/iss1/6