(a) Landsat 7 Data Policy.— The Landsat Program Management, in consultation with other appropriate United States Government agencies, shall develop a data policy for Landsat 7 which should—
(1)ensure that unenhanced data are available to all users at the cost of fulfilling user requests;
(2)ensure timely and dependable delivery of unenhanced data to the full spectrum of civilian, national security, commercial, and foreign users and the National Satellite Land Remote Sensing Data Archive;
(3)ensure that the United States retains ownership of all unenhanced data generated by Landsat 7;
(4)support the development of the commercial market for remote sensing data;
(5)ensure that the provision of commercial value-added services based on remote sensing data remains exclusively the function of the private sector; and
(6)to the extent possible, ensure that the data distribution system for Landsat 7 is compatible with the Earth Observing System Data and Information System.
(b) Additional Data Policy Considerations.— In addition, the data policy for Landsat 7 may provide for—
(1)United States private sector entities to operate ground receiving stations in the United States for Landsat 7 data;
(2)other means for direct access by private sector entities to unenhanced data from Landsat 7; and
(3)the United States Government to charge a per image fee, license fee, or other such fee to entities operating ground receiving stations or distributing Landsat 7 data.
Pub. L. 102–555, title I, § 105(a), (b), Oct. 28, 1992, 106 Stat. 4170.
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