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112 STAT. 2852 PUBLIC LAW 105-303—OCT. 28, 1998 (1) in subsection (a)— (A) by striking "the Office of Commercial Programs within"; and (B) by striking "Such program shall not be effective after September 30, 1995."; (2) by striking subsection (c); and (3) by redesignating subsections (d) and (e) as subsections (c) and (d), respectively. 42 USC 14712. SEC. 104. PROMOTION OF UNITED STATES GLOBAL POSITIONING SYS- TEM STANDARDS. (a) FINDING. — The Congress finds that the Global Positioning System, including satellites, signal equipment, ground stations, data links, and associated command and control facilities, has become an essential element in civil, scientific, and military space development because of the emergence of a United States commercial industry which provides Global Positioning System equipment and related services. (b) INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION.— In order to support and sustain the Global Positioning System in a manner that will most effectively contribute to the national security, public safety, scientific, and economic interests of the United States, the Congress encourages the President to— (1) ensure the operation of the Global Positioning System on a continuous worldwide basis free of direct user fees; (2) enter into international agreements that promote cooperation with foreign governments and international organizations to— (A) establish the Global Positioning System and its augmentations as an acceptable international standard; and (B) eliminate any foreign barriers to applications of the Global Positioning System worldwide; and (3) provide clear direction and adequate resources to the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information so that on an international basis the Assistant Secretary can— (A) achieve and sustain efficient management of the electromagnetic spectrum used by the Global Positioning System; and (B) protect that spectrum from disruption and interference. 42 USC 14713. SEC. 105. ACQUISITION OF SPACE SCIENCE DATA. (a) ACQUISITION FROM COMMERCIAL PROVIDERS. —The Administrator shall, to the extent possible and while satisfying the scientific or educational requirements of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and where apjpropriate, of other Federal agencies and scientific researchers, acquire, where cost effective, space science data from a commercial provider. (b) TREATMENT OF SPACE SCIENCE DATA AS COMMERCIAL ITEM UNDER ACQUISITION LAWS.— Acquisitions of space science data by the Administrator shall be carried out in accordance with applicable acquisition laws and regulations (including chapters 137 and 140 of title 10, United States Code). For purposes of such law and regulations, space science data shall be considered to be a commercial item. Nothing in this subsection shall be construed to preclude