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Senate Politics Over LightSquared Threatens FCC Nominations

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Dec 9, 2011, 1:29 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

The Senate Commerce Committee has provisionally approved President Barack Obama's nominees to fill vacant seats on the Federal Communications Commission. The committee upheld Republican Ajit Vradaraj Pai and Democrat Jessica Rosenworcel's nominations in a vote last week, preparing the nominees for a full senate vote. Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa, however, has threatened to place a hold on the nominees' vote until the FCC releases more documents concerning its January decision to allow LightSquared to operate its planned Long Term Evolution 4G network on L-Band satellite spectrum. Grassley accused the FCC of rushing to approve LightSquared's plans, which have since been shown to interfere with aviation and military GPS performance. "As a last resort to try to exhort more transparency and accountability from the FCC, I'll place a hold on consideration of the agency nominees on the Senate floor," Grassley said in an interview with Bloomberg. LightSquared's plans continue to draw fire, despite its assurances that the interference issues can be resolved. Today, LightSquared announced that it has signed its 30th wholesale partner, which will resell LightSquared's 4G broadband services if the network ever launches.

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Dec 9, 2011, 1:55 PM


Ha! At this point the president could nominate Jesus or Ghandi to head the FCC,and the republicans would block it...
In reality, they are blocking a Republican and a Democrat nominee.

So much for Republicans = bad knee jerk
The republicans would block both Jesus and Ghandi either way, as that would bring too much competence to the government. We cant have that!
Rename this article, I Hate Republicans.

Everybody is ignoring the fact that the FCC is messing around with allowing LS to use a portion of the spectrum that will interfere with GPS, to include military and air traffic.

So, a congress person thr...
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