Sprint to Walk Away from LightSquared Deal
Sprint is prepared to cancel its planned network-sharing deal with LightSquared as early as next week, reports Bloomberg. According to unnamed sources familiar with Sprint's plans, Sprint won't extend the deadline it gave LightSquared to score FCC approval for its planned nationwide LTE 4G network. Sprint had originally given LightSquared until the end of 2011 to win FCC approval, then extended that deadline to the end of January 2012, and eventually to March 15. The FCC decided in February to block LightSquared from building its LTE network, citing concerns over interference with GPS systems. Bloomberg's sources say that Sprint will have to return about $74 million to LightSquared.
Will LightSquared sue the government?
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