LightSquared Alleges Conflict of Interest in GPS Board
LightSquared is asking NASA Inspector General Paul Martin to investigate the possibility that there is a conflict of interest within the government board overseeing the approval process of LightSquared's network. According to LightSquared, Bradford Parkinson is the vice chairman of the National Space-Based Position, Navigation, and Timing Advisory Board. Parkinson is also a director for Trimble Navigation. Trimble is a manufacturer of GPS equipment and in March 2011 formed the Coalition to Save Our GPS, which opposes LightSquared's Long Term Evolution 4G network plans. LightSquared is accusing Parkinson of violating a federal law regarding conflict of interest as well as ethics regulations. LightSquared needs government approval to runs its network, but has so far failed to earn it based on what it says is interference caused by the GPS industry. LightSquared has until the end of the month to garner FCC approval before a deal it has in place with Sprint expires.
FCC Dubious On Future Wireless Mergers
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler today suggested the agency will take a long, hard look at any proposed mergers between wireless companies. "We will continue to be skeptical of efforts to achieve scale through the consolidation of major players," said Wheeler at the CTIA trade show in Las Vegas.
Nokia Forges China Joint Venture to Win Alca-Lu Approval
Nokia has signed a memorandum of understanding with a China government-backed investment company called Huaxin in order to encourage approval of its proposed acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent. The acquisition has already been approved by U.S.
Huawei's P8 Variant for U.S. Teased in FCC Approval
The FCC this week approved a new Huawei phone for North America that bears a striking resemblance to the just-announced P8 global flagship. The phone approved by the FCC has small but distinct differences, such as a flash on the other side of the camera, matching Huawei's description of a more affordable P8 variant coming the U.S.
FCC Officially Approves AT&T/DirecTV Acquisition
The FCC today gave formal approval to AT&T's proposed acquisition of satellite TV provider DirecTV. The FCC believes that as long as AT&T adheres to the conditions of the deal, it will serve the broader public interest.
LS has to conform to the rule modification from the FCC that says "No Interference"....
Plain and simple.
Pointing their fingers at everyone but their own foolish attempt to run rough shod over public safety to make some people tons of money must be their last desparate attempt to save the billions pumped into a project that had no real chance of working without interference from influence peddlers.