Board Condemns LightSquared's GPS Problems
A federal advisory board submitted a report to the Federal Communications Commission earlier this week detailing how LightSquared's proposed broadband network in the L-Band spectrum not only hinders GPS services on or near the ground, but significantly impacts GPS services reaching into space. The board says that a solution to solve the problem exists, but it is impractical and would take 10 to 15 years to fully implement. The advisory board contends that LightSquared's network is so disruptive, that the FCC should reverse its decision to allow LightSquared to build the network at all. This is only the latest in a series of reports that show how LightSquared's network interferes with GPS services. LightSquared maintains that the problems can be resolved, though it asked the FCC for a two week extension for filing its own reports.
Timex Debuts Smartwatch with Mirasol Display
Timex recently unveiled the Ironman One GPS+, a connected watch for athletes. The stand-out feature of the One GPS+ is its touch display.
FCC Adopts Rules for Text-to-911 for All Messaging Apps
The FCC today formally adopted rules that will require all providers of messaging services to enable their apps with text-to-911 capabilities. Earlier this year the FCC said industry players outside the four major wireless network operators need to get on board.
Yahoo May Sell Its Core Internet Business
Yahoo is weighing whether or not it should sell its core business, sell its interests in Alibaba, or both, according to the Wall Street Journal. The decision will be entertained at a series of board meetings to be held this week.
Sprint Complains to FCC Over Proposed Spectrum Screen
Sprint submitted a proposal to the Federal Communications Commission this week in response to the FCC's suggested spectrum screen reforms. The FCC established spectrum screens to help it weigh how much spectrum is owned by wireless network operators in a given market.
Verizon Pushing FCC to Reconsider Auction Rules
Verizon Communications recently met with Republican members of the Federal Communications Commission in an attempt to convince the agency to abandon its proposed rules for an upcoming auction. The FCC has scheduled a reverse auction for the middle of 2015 that will see television stations voluntarily give up their spectrum, which will then in turn be auctioned off to wireless network operators.
SO WHAT DOES THIS MEANS FOR 4GLTE
heads should roll