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Commercialized ANS providers did not degrade safety, report finds
The commercialization of air navigation services in Australia, Canada, Germany, New Zealand and the UK has "generally resulted in lower fees for major carriers," while "safety has not eroded," according to a study by the US General Accountability Office, an investigative arm of Congress.
As of March 2005, 38 nations worldwide had commercialized their ANS providers, according to GAO. The US is one of the few remaining holdouts among major westernized nations. FAA remains responsible for operating the air traffic control system as well as for regulatory oversight.