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"...the space defense initiative drove the USSR bankrupt, and it originated at my house in Tarzana."
- Larry Niven

Interplanetary Communications Center  
  The backbone for a solar system-wide communications system.  

The Venus Equilateral Relay Station was a modern miracle of engineering if you liked to believe the books. Actually, Venus Equilateral was an asteroid that had been shoved into its orbit about the Sun, forming a practical demonstration of the equilateral triangle solution of the Three Moving Bodies. It was a long cylinder, about three miles in length by about a mile in diameter...

This was the center of Interplanetary Communications. This was the main office. It was the heart of the Solar System's communication line, and as such, it was well manned. Orders for everything emanated from Venus Equilateral.

From QRM - Interplanetary, by George O. Smith.
Published by Street and Smith in 1942
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Compare to planetary telegraphing from George Parsons Lathrup's 1879 story In the Deep of Time.

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