LightSquared Throws Ultimatum at FCC
LightSquared today filed a petition with the Federal Communications Commission demanding that the government recognize and affirm LightSquared's "right to use the spectrum licensed to the company by the federal government." LightSquared also wants the FCC to, in effect, tell commercial GPS manufacturers that they aren't entitled to interference protection since the GPS services aren't supposed to be running on the spectrum owned by LightSquared. Despite numerous tests showing that LightSquared's Long Term Evolution network interferes with neighboring GPS systems, LightSquared insists it is the GPS industry that is at fault. "LightSquared has had FCC authorization to build its network for over eight years and that authorization was endorsed by the GPS industry, and fully reviewed and allowed to proceed by several other government agencies,” said LightSquared’s executive vice president for regulatory affairs and public policy Jeff Carlisle. "Commercial GPS device-makers have had nearly a decade to design and sell devices that do not infringe on LightSquared's licensed spectrum. They have no right to complain in the eleventh-hour about incompatibility when they had ample opportunity to avoid this problem." According to government tests, LightSquared's network interferes with aviation and military GPS systems, too.
FCC: Still Work to Do to Free Up More Spectrum
FCC Commissioner Tom Wheeler underscored the need to find and free up more spectrum in a recent meeting with the Obama Administration. Wheeler met with Lawrence Strickling, the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information, to discuss the FCC's progress in finding 500 megahertz of spectrum for wireless broadband.
FCC Commissioner Wants More Spectrum for WiFi
FCC commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel today said the government needs to do a better job of allocating spectrum for unlicensed access, such as WiFi. Rosenworcel, speaking at the State of the Net Conference, emphasized the importance of WiFi and the role it plays in the economy.
FCC Agrees to Open 3.5GHz for Wireless Service
The FCC today voted unanimously to approve a Report and Order that will free up 150MHz of spectrum in the 3.5GHz band. The idea had been floated by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler last month.
Verizon To Test Spectrum Sharing in Military Radar Band
Verizon, Ericsson, and Qualcomm recently announced plans to test spectrum-sharing technology in the 3.5 GHz band. The band is used for military radar systems, but the FCC believes the band can be shared with commercial uses in some situations.
AT&T Wants LTE-U Opponents to Agree to Play Fair
Joan Marsh, AT&T's vice president of federal and regulatory affairs, today prosed that the FCC use existing rules to help organizations on opposite sides of the LTE-U debate find some middle ground. LTE-U is the use of LTE services over unlicensed spectrum, or WiFi frequencies.
The 'relaxation' of the rule by the FCC came just a little while ago and it was conditional upon no interference and there are allegations of money influence and the FCC will not release any of their communications with LS.
Big money is being thrown about.
It will be interesting to see if those interests will pollute this.
Will the influence be large enough to allow LS to proceed?
Are we prepared to take the chance that it will cause problems with our military or commercial and private aviation?
It's always good--