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LightSquared Wants FCC to Compensate It with Spectrum

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Mar 16, 2012, 3:00 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

LightSquared today petitioned the Federal Communications Commission to either allow it to operate its LTE network as planned or give it new spectrum on which it can operate its network. LightSquared said today that it will fight the FCC's decision to prevent LightSquared from building an LTE network in the L-band satellite spectrum. The FCC believes LightSquared's network poses too great a risk to nearby GPS spectrum. LightSquared believes that if the FCC won't let it move forward with its L-band spectrum, then the CC should reassign another block of spectrum to LightSquared so that it can build and operate its LTE network. "They can’t just leave us without some alternative to build a network," said Jeff Carlisle, the company's EVP for regulatory affairs and public policy. The company has hired lawyers to help it reverse the FCC's decision. Meanwhile, LightSquared's network and wholesale partners, including Sprint, have begun to abandon the company.

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JBlaze74

Mar 16, 2012, 4:01 PM

Ok, let me see if I've got this straight??

So, Lightsquared buys a license for spectrum that was never intended for terrestrial use, fails to make it work without interfering with other signals, is told that they cannot use it for a terrestrial network, and they expect to be given different spectrum? Does anyone else see this as an epic fail in logic? Rolling Eyes
I see your point, but at the same time, Lightsquared "purchased" the spectrum from the FCC, right? And, technically, the GPS makers are encroaching on Lightsquared's spectrum, and the FCC knows/knew, so they kinda sold them a lemon, didn't they? I dun...
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It is a huge epic fail. Based on this current epic fail, i can forsee others, such as lighsquared suing the FCC if they dont get the new spectrum they want.

they knew the risks and should have been prepared for this.
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Sure it is. However, you never know what you can get unless you ask...
 
 
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