TRANSPONDER LEASE AGREEMENT

 

                                 Exhibit 10.23

Portions of this exhibit have been omitted pursuant to a request for 
confidential treatment. The omitted portions marked by [**] have been
separately filed with the Commission.

                          TRANSPONDER LEASE AGREEMENT
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     THIS AGREEMENT, made and entered into this 31st  day of January, 1995, by
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and between Microspace Communications Corporation, a North Carolina corporation
("Microspace"), and Muzak Limited Partnership, a limited partnership with
principal offices in Seattle, Washington ("Customer").

                                  WITNESSETH:

     WHEREAS, Microspace has leased transponder capacity on the Galaxy VII Ku-
band domestic communications satellite operated by Hughes Communications Galaxy
Inc. (Hughes); and

     WHEREAS, Customer desires to use part of the transponder capacity leased by
Microspace for the purpose of SCPC transmission; and

     WHEREAS, Microspace desires to provide such Service to Customer pursuant to
the terms and conditions hereof;

     NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the foregoing and the mutual promises
and covenants herein made, the Parties, intending to be legally bound, hereby
mutually agree as follows:

                                   ARTICLE I

                                  DEFINITIONS
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     As used in this Agreement, the following terms shall have the following
meanings:

     1.01  "Agreement" means this Agreement.

     1.02  "Galaxy VII" means the domestic communications satellite designed to
operate in the Ku-band, positioned at the 91 degrees W.L. orbital position.

     1.03  "Microspace's Transponder" means that portion of a transponder or
transponders on Galaxy VII leased from Hughes by Microspace.

     1.04  "Parties" means the signatories to this Agreement and a "Party" means
one of such signatories.

     1.05  "Transponder" or "Transponders" means Microspace's Transponder.

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     1.06  "Transponder Failure" means with respect to Microspace's Transponder,
any of the following events:

           (a) Twenty (20) or more "outage units" shall occur within any thirty
(30) consecutive days (an outage unit being an interruption of Microspace's
Transponder such that an Outage Allowance is due under Article V of this
Agreement);

           (b) Microspace's Transponder shall fail to meet Transponder
Performance Specifications for twelve (12) consecutive days.

     1.07  "Transponder Performance Specifications" means those specifications
for the design and performance of the Galaxy VII Transponders contained in
Exhibit A.

     1.08  "Transponder Spares" means certain redundant transponder equipment
units which are designed as substitutes for equipment component units, the
failure of which could cause a transponder to fail to meet the Transponder
Performance Specifications.

     1.09  "Customer"s Signal" means the complete intelligence to be transmitted
to Microspace's Transponder on behalf of Customer pursuant to this Agreement.

     1.10  "Service" means the Transponder Capacity leased by Customer from
Microspace.

                                  ARTICLE II

                                    SERVICE
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     2.01  Transponder Service.  Beginning June 1, 1994, Customer shall take
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full-time Service from Microspace as specified in Exhibit B, "Technical
Specifications", Part 1, "Individual Subcarrier Specifications".  During the
term of this Agreement, Microspace shall provide transponder capacity to
Customer, subject and according to the terms hereof, on a full-time (24 hours a
day, 7 days a week) basis.

     2.02  Orbital Location.  Customer's Transponder Capacity shall be provided
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from the 91 degrees W.L. orbital location.

     2.03  Uplink Facilities.  Microspace shall provide transmitting equipment
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and related facilities (hereinafter "Uplink Facilities") sufficient to transmit
Customer's Signals from the ground to Microspace's Transponder subject to the
following conditions:

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          (a)  The Uplink Facilities shall be located in or near Raleigh, North
Carolina;

          (b)  Microspace will provide, operate and maintain transmitting
equipment which will be capable of sending Customer's Signal to Microspace's
Transponder if Customer's Signal is configured so that it is technically
compatible with the transmitting equipment provided by Microspace;

          (c)  Microspace will operate the Uplink Facilities in a reasonable
manner consistent with the type of equipment located thereon. Unless Microspace
commits an intentional breach, it will not be liable for consequential damages
for breach of this provision.  As used herein, "consequential damages" includes
revenues lost to Customer as a result of the inability of Customer to transmit
Customer's Signal but does not mean the costs incurred by Customer in replacing
damaged property or in securing replacement facilities or replacement
transponder capacity;

          (d)  Customer will adhere to all reasonable rules and regulations
established by Microspace for the Uplink Facilities, including, but not limited
to, access by third persons;

          (e)  The Uplink Facilities provided by Microspace shall include
facilities to allow for the downlink of Customer's Signal from other satellites,
including those operating in C-band, for re-transmission to Microspace's
Transponder;

          (f)  Microspace will provide Customer space within a building at the
Uplink Facilities sufficient to accommodate standard Wegener or equivalent
modulation equipment required for transmission of Customer's channels as defined
in the Exhibits of this Agreement.  Customer will pay no rent for said space.
Additional rack space will be leased to Customer, if requested, at rates to be
agreed upon, subject to space available:

               (i)  All taxes or assessments which are incurred as the result of
the installation and operation of Customer's equipment will be paid by Customer
in a timely manner;

               (ii) Microspace will provide electric power and temporary
emergency backup electrical power for the operation of Customer's equipment
without charge.  Microspace will use all reasonable efforts to maintain a
suitable environment within the building to support the operation of standard
electrical devices typically installed in Uplink Facilities;

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The information below marked by [**] has been omitted pursuant to a request for
confidential treatment. The omitted portion has been separately filed with the 
Commission.

 
               (iii) Microspace will not be responsible for damage to or
destruction of Customer's equipment located at the Uplink Facilities unless the
damage or destruction is caused by Microspace's gross negligence or willful
misconduct.

                                  ARTICLE III

                                 SERVICE TERM
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     3.01  Term.  Customer shall begin taking Service as provided herein
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for a term commencing June 1, 1994, and continuing until the Expiration Date, as
defined below:

     "Expiration Date":  Upon the earlier to occur:

           (a) May 31, 1999; or

           (b) The termination or cancellation of this Agreement as provided in
Article X of this Agreement.

                                  ARTICLE IV

                     MONTHLY CHARGE AND METHOD OF PAYMENT
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     4.01  Monthly Charge. Customer shall pay to Microspace monthly, in advance,
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the sum of [**].

           If the term should not commence on the first day of a month or end on
the last day of a month, the monthly charge for the fractional part of the month
shall be calculated at a daily rate of one-thirtieth of the monthly charge
specified in Paragraph 4.01.

           All payments shall be made to Microspace at its address as designated
in Paragraph 13.08 and shall be deemed to be made upon receipt thereof by
Microspace.  Microspace shall assess a late payment charge of one and one-half
percent (1.5%) compounded monthly on payments received after the due date.

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The information below marked by [**] has been omitted pursuant to a request for
confidential treatment. The omitted portion has been separately filed with the 
Commission.
    
     4.02 [**] Microspace will not [**] to any other person or entity [**]
than those applicable to [**] hereunder. Should Microspace provide [**],
this Agreement shall be amended to provide Customer with [**] for the remainder
of the term of the Agreement; provided, however, that this provision will not 
apply with respect to [**] Capital Broadcasting Company or any subsidiary 
thereof.      

                                   ARTICLE V

                INTERRUPTION OF TRANSMISSIONS OVER TRANSPONDERS
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     5.01  Outage Allowance. If applicable, Microspace shall grant Customer an
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Outage Allowance, as follows:

           If an "Outage Allowance Failure Period" (as defined below) occurs,
then for each full hour of such Outage Allowance Failure Period Microspace shall
grant Customer a pro rata Outage Allowance based upon the monthly charge for
Customer's Transponder Capacity and the length of the Outage Allowance Failure
Period, calculated pursuant to the equation below.  Any such Outage Allowance
shall be applied to the next succeeding monthly billing to Customer and shall
not in any case exceed one month's standard billing.  As used herein, "Outage
Allowance Failure Period" shall mean the aggregate period (in hours) -- only
where such aggregation exceeds twelve (12) hours during any consecutive thirty
(30) day period -- during which a Transponder Capacity Failure(s) occurs. For
purposes of this Agreement, A Transponder Capacity Failure shall be measured
from the time Microspace receives notice from Customer of the Transponder
Capacity Failure until the time the Transponder has been restored to operation,
but shall not begin in any event until Customer ceases to use Customer's
Transponder Capacity.

     Outage Allowance = Outage Allowance Failure Period (In Hours) X Monthly
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                                 Lease Payment
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                                720 Hours/Month

           In no case shall an Outage Allowance be made for any Transponder
Capacity Failure related to:  (i) any failure on the part of Customer to perform
its transmission or other material or operational obligations pursuant to this
Agreement, (ii) failure of facilities provided by Customer, (iii) reasonable
periodic maintenance, (iv) interference from third party transmissions or usage,
(v) cooperative testing, except where trouble or fault is found in the
Transponder or (vi) any other act or failure to act by Customer.

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          5.02  Resolution of Credit Disputes.  In the event that Microspace and
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Customer cannot agree on the amount of credit due Customer following an
interruption, Customer may withhold payment of the disputed amount until
Microspace and Customer resolve the dispute; provided, however, that should a
credit dispute or disputes arise totalling two months Service fees or more in
the aggregate, Microspace or Customer may cancel this Agreement on thirty (30)
days written notice and pursue all legal remedies available to resolve the
dispute, including claims of breach for wrongful termination.

                                  ARTICLE VI

                            TRANSPONDER PROTECTION
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          6.01  Restoration of Service.  If Microspace's Transponder suffers a
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Transponder Failure, Customer shall remain bound by this Agreement if
Microspace's Transponder is restored within two hundred forty (240) hours using
a Transponder Spare or unused transponder per the underlying lease agreement
between Microspace and Hughes as excerpted below:

          "B.  Provision of Continuing Service.  In the event of a
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     Transponder Capacity Failure, Hughes shall provide Customers
     Transponder Capacity using a spare component(s) of a Transponder on
     the Leased Satellite (including a spare traveling wave tube(s)), if
     available, or if such spare component(s) is unavailable, then by using
     an alternate Transponder(s) on the Leased Satellite, if available. The
     availability of such spare component(s) or alternate Transponder(s) on
     the Leased Satellite, on a permanent or temporary basis, shall be
     determined by Hughes in its sole discretion. The foregoing
     notwithstanding, Customer's sole remedies for any preemption or
     interruption of use under this Article III, shall be the recovery of
     an Outage Allowance pursuant to Article V, if applicable, or the
     termination of this Agreement pursuant to Article VIII."

                If it is not so restored, Customer may terminate this Agreement
immediately and without any notice to Microspace.  In the event that the
Satellite is prematurely removed from service by Hughes and if Microspace has,
pursuant to the Hughes lease, preferential rights to replacement transponder
capacity on a successor satellite, Customer shall have the corresponding right
to sublease transponder service from Microspace on such successor satellite.

                                  ARTICLE VII

                        TRACKING, TELEMETRY AND CONTROL
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     7.01 Throughout the term of this Agreement, Hughes shall be responsible for
all the functions of Tracking, Telemetry and Control ("TT&C") including, without
limitation, stationkeeping, attitude control, and other satellite maintenance
and switching functions.

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                                 ARTICLE VIII

                          REPORTS AND COMMUNICATIONS
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     Microspace shall provide Customer with the following reports regarding the
operation of the satellite and the associated TT&C facilities:

     8.01  Anomalous Operation Notification.  Microspace shall notify Customer
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as soon as possible by telephone with prompt written confirmation of any
significant incidents that have been brought to its attention by Hughes which
have a material effect on Microspace's Transponder. Microspace also shall notify
Customer promptly of any circumstances that are brought to its attention which
make it clearly ascertainable or predictable that any of the incidents described
in this section will occur.

     8.02   Maneuver Notification.  Microspace shall notify Customer of all
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non-emergency maneuvers of The Satellite which would result in a change in the
orbital location of The Satellite within two (2) days of receiving notification
of the same from Hughes.

                                  ARTICLE IX

                              USE OF TRANSPONDERS
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     9.01  Use of and Right to Transponder.  Customer shall have the right
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to use the Service, including transponder channels, provided hereunder for any
lawful purpose.

                                   ARTICLE X

                                  TERMINATION
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     10.01 Termination by Customer.  Anything set forth herein to the
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contrary notwithstanding, upon the occurrence of any of the following events
Customer may terminate this Agreement within ninety (90) days of actual
knowledge of the events giving rise to the right to termination:

           (a) Breach or Default.  If Microspace commits a material breach or
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default of any of the provisions of this Agreement and such breach or default
has not been cured within thirty (30) days after receipt by Microspace of
Customer's notice of such breach or default;

           (b) Governmental Restrictions.  If the performance of this Agreement
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pursuant to the terms hereof has been prohibited by any federal, state or local
court, governmental or regulatory body, and Service has been interrupted for a
period of two hundred forty (240) hours or more as a result.

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     10.02 Termination by Microspace with Notice. Anything set forth herein to
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the contrary notwithstanding, upon the occurrence of any of the following events
Microspace may terminate this Agreement upon ten (10) days prior notice of
intent to terminate to Customer:

           (a) Breach or Default.  If Customer commits a material breach or
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default of any of the provisions of this Agreement, including, but not limited
to a failure to pay timely the monthly charge due under Article IV, and such
breach or default has not been cured within thirty (30) days after receipt by
Customer of Microspace's notice of such breach or default;

           (b) Governmental Restrictions.  If performance of this Agreement
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pursuant to the terms hereof has been prohibited by any federal, state or local
court, governmental or regulatory body, and performance by Customer has been
interrupted for a period of two hundred forty (240) hours or more as a result.

     10.03 Termination by Microspace Without Notice.  Microspace can
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terminate this Agreement immediately if the underlying transponder lease between
Microspace and Hughes (the Hughes lease) terminates for reasons beyond the
control of Microspace.  Termination of the Hughes lease shall not be deemed to
be beyond the control of Microspace if it results from a default of said lease
by Microspace and said default has been acknowledged as such in writing by
Microspace or judicially determined to be such.

     10.04 Damages.  A termination of this Agreement under Sections
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10.01(a) and 10.02(a) shall not limit a Party's right or ability to recover
damages occasioned to such Party as a result of the other Party's breach of this
Agreement.

                                  ARTICLE XI

                                    DEPOSIT
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     11.01 Deposit.  No deposit required.
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                                  ARTICLE XII

                  INDEMNIFICATION AND LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
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     12.01 Limitation of Liability.
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           (a) Neither Party shall not be liable for any failure of performance
hereunder due to causes beyond its control, including but not limited to acts of
God; fire, flood or other catastrophes; any law, order, regulation, direction,
action or request of the United States 

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government, or of any other government, including state and local governments
having jurisdiction over such Party, or of any department, agency, commission,
bureau, corporation or other instrumentality of any one or more said
governments, or of any civil or military authority, national emergencies,
insurrections; riots, wars, or strikes, lockouts, work stoppages or other labor
difficulties;

           (b) Except with respect to an intentional breach by Microspace of
Section 2.02 or Section 13.15, the liability of Microspace for damages or losses
of any kind arising out of its furnishing Service to the Customer hereunder
shall not include consequential damages, as defined in Section 2.02 above;

           (c) Microspace shall not be liable for any act or omission of any
other entity furnishing to the Customer facilities or equipment used with the
Service nor shall Microspace be liable for any damages or losses due to the
fault or negligence of the Customer or to the failure of Customer-provided
equipment or facilities.

     12.02 Indemnification by Customer.  Customer shall indemnify and hold
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Microspace and its affiliates, its and their officers, employees or agents, or
any of them, whether acting through Microspace or otherwise, harmless from and
against:

           (a) Use by Customer.  All loss, liability, damage and expense,
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including reasonable counsel fees due to claims for libel, slander, infringement
of copyright arising from the material transmitted by Customer over Microspace's
facilities; and any other claim resulting from any negligent or wrongful act or
omission of Customer or patrons of Customer and relating to the Service
furnished by Microspace;

           (b) Misrepresentation, Breach, etc.  Any and all damages occasioned
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by, arising out of or resulting from any material misrepresentation, intentional
breach of warranty or covenant, or intentional default or intentional
nonfulfillment of any agreement on the part of Customer under this Agreement or
under any certificate, agreement, exhibit, schedule or other instrument
furnished to Microspace pursuant to this Agreement or in connection with any of
the transactions contemplated hereby;

           (c) Defense of Third Party Claims.  Microspace shall notify Customer
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within ten (10) days of its being served with a lawsuit, and otherwise within
thirty (30) days of its actual knowledge of the occurrence of any event, or of
its discovery of any facts, which in its opinion entitle or may entitle it to
indemnification from a third party claim under this Article.  Microspace's
failure to do so shall preclude it from seeking indemnification hereunder unless
such failure has not prejudiced the Customer's ability to defend such claim.
Customer shall promptly defend such claim by counsel of its own choosing at its
own

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cost and expense and Microspace shall cooperate with Customer in the defense of
such claim including the settlement of the matter on the basis stipulated by
Customer (with Customer being responsible for all costs and expenses of such
settlement). If Customer within reasonable time after notice of a claim fails to
defend Microspace, Microspace shall be entitled to undertake the defense,
compromise or settlement of such claim at the expense of and for the account and
risk of Customer;

           (d) Right to Defend.  If there is a reasonable probability that
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resolution of a claim in the manner provided in paragraph (c) above will
materially and adversely affect Microspace, Microspace shall have the right, at
its own cost and expense, to defend, compromise or settle such claim against it;

           (e) Claim Against Third Party.  If the facts giving rise to
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indemnification hereunder shall involve a possible claim by Microspace against a
third party, Microspace shall have the right, at its own costs and expense, to
undertake the prosecution, compromise and settlement of such claim;

           (f) Release.  Customer shall not, without Microspace's consent,
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settle or compromise any claim or consent to any entry of judgment which does
not include as a term thereof an unconditional release by the claimant or
plaintiff of Microspace from all liability with respect to such claim.

                                 ARTICLE XIII

                                 MISCELLANEOUS
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     13.01  Public Notice, Confidentiality and Proprietary Information.
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Notwithstanding any termination of this Agreement, Microspace and Customer shall
hold in confidence the information contained in this Agreement, and Microspace
and Customer hereby acknowledge that all information related to this Agreement
is confidential and proprietary and is not to be disclosed to third persons,
without the prior consent of both Microspace and Customer. Neither Microspace
nor Customer shall disclose to any third party (other than Hughes) the existence
of, or any of the terms and provisions of, this Agreement except as provided in
this Section 13.01. Neither Party shall issue a public notice or a news release
concerning this Agreement and the transactions contemplated hereby without the
prior approval of the other Party, which approval shall include the right to
approve the form, content and timing of any such release. To the extent that
either Party discloses additional information which it considers proprietary, it
shall identify such information as proprietary when disclosing it to the other
Party by marking it clearly and conspicuously as proprietary information;
provided, however, that Microspace understands and agrees that the names and
locations of Customer's patrons and affiliates are

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confidential and proprietary and need not be identified as such at the time of
disclosure to Microspace. Any proprietary disclosure to either Party, if made
orally, shall be promptly confirmed in writing and identified as proprietary
information, if the disclosing Party wishes to keep such information proprietary
under this Agreement. Any such information disclosed under this Agreement shall
be used by the recipient thereof only in its performance under this Agreement.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, neither Party shall be liable for disclosure or
use of such proprietary information (but shall notify the other Party prior to
such disclosure or use) which is:

           (a) Applicable Law.  Required to be disclosed to the extent necessary
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to comply with law or the valid order of a governmental agency or court of
competent jurisdiction;

           (b) Internal Business Matter.  Disclosed as part of its normal
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procedures to its officers, directors, parent company, auditors and attorneys,
each of whom shall agree to be bound by the provisions and spirit of this
Section;

           (c) Enforcement of Rights.  Disclosed in order to enforce its rights
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and perform its obligations pursuant to this Agreement;

           (d) Financing and Disposition.  Disclosed to the extent necessary as
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part of a sale, lease or financing arrangement, to its purchasers, lessees,
investment bankers, independent auditors or legal counsel and their agents,
representatives or independent contractors or any financial institution;
provided, however, that such parties shall agree in writing to be bound by the
provisions and spirit of this Section;

           (e) Public Information.  Available or becomes available to the public
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from a source other than the receiving Party before or during the period of this
Agreement, is lawfully obtained by the receiving Party from a third party or
parties, or is known by the receiving Party prior to such disclosure;

           (f) Release.  Released without restrictions in writing by the
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disclosing Party; or

           (g) Independent Development.  At any time developed by the receiving
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Party completely independently of and prior to any such disclosure or
disclosures from the disclosing Party when such development can be documented to
have occurred prior to a disclosure.  No license to the other Party, under any
patents, is granted or implied by conveying proprietary information or other
information to that Party.

           Notwithstanding the foregoing, the existence (but not the material
terms) of this Agreement may be disclosed to the patrons and

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affiliates of Customer to the extent necessary to establish proper transmission
of music and other communications services to such individuals and entities
through the leased transponder channels.

           13.02  Not Fiduciaries.  Nothing contained in this Agreement shall be
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deemed or construed by the Parties hereto or by any third party to create any
rights, obligations or interests in third parties; to create the relationship of
principal and agent, partnership or joint venture or of any other fiduciary
relationship or association between the Parties.

           13.03  Waiver.  No failure on the part of either Party to notify the
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other Party of any noncompliance hereunder, and no failure on the part of either
Party to exercise its rights hereunder shall prejudice any remedy for any
subsequent noncompliance, and any waiver by either Party of any breach or
noncompliance with any term or condition of this Agreement shall be limited to
the particular instance and shall not operate or be deemed to waive any future
breaches or noncompliance with any term or condition.  All remedies and rights
hereunder and those available in law or in equity shall be cumulative and the
exercise by a Party of any such right or remedy shall not preclude the exercise
of any other right or remedy available under this Agreement in law or in equity.

           13.04  Assignment and Binding Effect.  This Agreement may be assigned
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by either Party to a third party during the term of this Agreement without the
written consent of the other Party.

           13.05  Taxes.  Customer shall not be responsible for any taxes and
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similar liabilities, including sales, use, income and personal property taxes,
which may be required under any federal, state or local laws with respect to the
Transponders used by Customer hereunder.

           13.06  Expenses.  Except as otherwise provided herein, each Party
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hereto shall bear its own expenses incurred in connection with the transactions
pursuant to this Agreement.

           13.07  Construction.  This Agreement shall be construed and enforced
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in accordance with the internal substantive laws of the State of North Carolina
except for conflicts of laws.  The Parties hereby consent and submit to the
jurisdiction of the federal and state courts located in the State of North
Carolina, and any action or suit under this Agreement may be brought by the
Parties in any federal or state court with appropriate jurisdiction over the
subject matter established or sitting in the State of North Carolina.  The
Parties shall not raise in connection therewith, and hereby waive, any defenses
based upon the venue, the inconvenience of the forum, the lack of personal
jurisdiction, the sufficiency of Service of process or the like in any such
action or suit brought in the State of North Carolina. If any action or
proceeding is brought for the enforcement of this Agreement, the successful or

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prevailing party or parties shall be entitled to recover reasonable attorney's
fees and other costs incurred in the action or proceeding, in addition to any
other relief to which it or they may be entitled.

     13.08 Notices.  All necessary notices, demands, reports, orders and
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requests required or permitted hereunder shall be deemed to be duly given only
if and on the date sent by Federal Express, Express Mail, or other means of
overnight courier services requiring a signature upon delivery, mailed by
certified or registered United States mail, postage prepaid, return receipt
requested, or delivered by hand and addressed as follows:

           (a)  If to be given to Microspace:

                Mr. Keith N. Smith
                Microspace Communications Corporation
                3100 Highwoods Boulevard
                Raleigh, NC  27604

                          and

                Mr. James F. Goodmon
                Capitol Broadcasting Company
                711 Hillsborough Street
                Box 12800
                Raleigh, NC  27605

           (b)  If to be given to Customer:

                Mr. Thomas J. Gentry
                Muzak DBS Division
                3100 Highwoods Boulevard
                Raleigh, NC  27604

                          and

                Mr. John R. Jester
                Muzak Limited Partnership
                400 North 34th Street, Suite 200
                Seattle, WA  98103

or to such other addresses as the Parties may specify in writing.

     13.09 Headings. The headings of the Articles, Sections, Paragraphs and
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Subparagraphs of this Agreement are inserted as a matter of convenience and for
reference purposes only, are of no binding effect, and in no respect define,
limit or describe the scope of this Agreement or the intent of any provision
hereof.

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     13.10 Exhibits. All Exhibits attached to this Agreement shall be deemed
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part of this Agreement and incorporated herein as if fully set forth herein, and
in the event of a variation or an inconsistency between this Agreement and the
Exhibits attached hereto, the Agreement shall govern.

     13.11 Ambiguities. This Agreement and the Exhibits hereto have been drafted
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jointly by the Parties and in the event of any ambiguities in the language
hereof, there shall be no inference drawn in favor of either Party.

     13.12 Entire Agreement.  This Agreement, including the "WHEREAS" clauses on
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Page 1, and all Exhibits hereto, represent the entire understanding and
agreement between the Parties hereto with respect to the subject matter hereof,
supersede all prior negotiations between such Parties, and can be amended,
supplemented or changed only by an agreement in writing which makes specific
reference to this Agreement and which is signed by both Parties.

     13.13 Counterparts. This Agreement may be signed in counterpart and in
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multiple copies, and each such copy having all signatures attached thereto shall
constitute an original hereof.

     13.14 Technical Support. During the term of this Agreement, Microspace
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will provide technical and operational support to Customer with respect to
transmission frequency planning and equipment modulation configuration, transmit
channel additions, software interface requirements and headend equipment
interface standards.

     13.15 Hughes Communications Lease. Microspace hereby affirms and agrees
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that it will use its best efforts properly to perform its obligations and
exercise its rights under the Hughes lease for the benefit of Customer as well
as itself and that, as afforded by the Hughes lease, in the event of its default
under such lease, Customer shall have the right (contingent on approval by
Hughes) to assume Microspace's rights and obligations under said lease to the
extent necessary to provide continued access to the transponder channels leased
by Customer under this Agreement. In the event of default, Microspace will use
its reasonable best efforts to seek Hughes' consent to assignment of the
transponder lease to Customer. Unless Microspace's breach of this Section 13.15
is intentional, Microspace will not be liable to Customer for consequential
damages, as defined in Section 2.02, for such breach. For purposes of this
provision, Microspace shall be deemed to be in default of the Hughes lease if
such default is acknowledged by it in writing or is judicially determined.

     13.16 Representations and Warranties.  Microspace represents and warrants
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that, as of the date hereof, its lease with Hughes is a valid and binding lease
of the Transponder channels that are the subject of

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this Agreement, it has performed its obligations and is in good standing under
the Hughes lease, and it knows of no breach or default by Hughes of the Hughes
lease. Each of the Parties hereto further represents and warrants to the other
that, as of the date hereof, (i) it has all necessary rights and powers to enter
into and fully perform this Agreement, (ii) this Agreement constitutes a valid
and binding obligation of such Party, (iii) it has no knowledge of any agreement
or arrangement which conflict with this Agreement or which limit or could
reasonably be expected to limit the performance of its obligations under this
Agreement, and (iv) it is in full compliance with all local, state, and federal
laws, rules, and regulations applicable to its performance of this Agreement. In
the event of a material breach of the foregoing representation and warranties,
Customer (if the breaching Party) shall indemnify and hold harmless Microspace
and its affiliates, its and their officers, employees or agents, or any of them,
as provided in Section 12.02, and Microspace (if the breaching Party) shall
indemnify and hold harmless Customer and its affiliates, its and their officers,
employees or agents, or any of them, from and against any and all damages
occasioned by, arising out of or resulting from such breach.

          IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Parties hereto have caused this Agreement to
be executed by their duly authorized officers as of the day and year first above
written.

MICROSPACE COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION

By:/s/ Keith N. Smith
   ---------------------------------------
   Keith N. Smith
   Vice President and General Manager

Attest:[SIGNATURE ILLEGIBLE]
       -----------------------------------

MUZAK LIMITED PARTNERSHIP

By:/s/ Thomas J. Gentry
   ---------------------------------------
   Thomas J. Gentry
   Vice President and General Manager

Attest: /s/ Susan A. Keith
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Basic Info X:

Name: TRANSPONDER LEASE AGREEMENT
Type: Lease
Date: Aug. 28, 1996
Company: MUZAK LIMITED PARTNERSHIP
State: Delaware

Other info:

Date:

  • 31st day of January , 1995
  • June 1 , 1994
  • May 31 , 1999
  • last day of a month
  • thirty 30

Organization:

  • Muzak Limited Partnership
  • Hughes Communications Galaxy Inc.
  • Galaxy VII Transponders
  • Transponder Performance Specifications
  • 2.01 Transponder Service
  • Customer 's Transponder Capacity
  • Customer's Transponder Capacity
  • Outage Allowance Failure Period
  • Restoration of Service
  • Microspace 's Transponder
  • Customers Transponder Capacity
  • Telemetry and Control
  • Customer of Microspace
  • Microspace Without Notice
  • Defense of Third Party Claims
  • Claim Against Third Party
  • Internal Business Matter
  • the State of North Carolina
  • Smith Microspace Communications Corporation 3100 Highwoods Boulevard Raleigh
  • Hughes Communications Lease

Location:

  • Washington
  • Microspace
  • Hughes
  • State of North Carolina
  • United States
  • Raleigh
  • Seattle

Person:

  • Wegener
  • James F. Goodmon
  • John R. Jester Muzak
  • Hughes
  • Keith N. Smith
  • Thomas J. Gentry
  • Susan A. Keith

Percent:

  • one-half percent
  • 1.5 %