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Senators Task FCC to Find Alternate Spectrum for LightSquared

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Apr 11, 2012, 11:01 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

The Federal Communications Commission needs to come up with an alternate spectrum plan for beleaguered LightSquared, say U.S. Senators John Kerry and Lindsey Graham. The two lawmakers sent a letter to FCC chairman Julius Genachowski saying, "We urge you to work with industry and the relevant federal agencies to find consensus on alternate spectrum for LightSquared's proposed network. Advancing LightSquared's network in a consensus manner would increase competition in the wireless broadband market and promote the public interest." The FCC has blocked LightSquared's plans to use L-Band spectrum for a terrestrial LTE 4G mobile broadband network due to GPS interference concerns. LightSquared has demanded that the FCC review its case and provide it with new spectrum. It has long claimed that the GPS industry is at fault, as GPS equipment encroaches on LightSquared's spectrum and not the other way around. "Others have rightly pointed out that this situation raises the question of whether the agency should create receiver standards so that license holders operate only in their licensed spectrum," said Kerry.

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Kerry / Graham Tofuchong Apr 11, 2012, 9:38 PM
There's spectrum for them msteven3 Apr 11, 2012, 11:43 AM
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