Board Says LightSquared's Network 'Would Cause Harm'
LightSquared's proposed LTE 4G network "would cause harmful inference to many GPS receivers," said the Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing national executive committee in a letter addressed to the Commerce Department. The conclusion was drawn after two rounds of testing conducted over the course of the last year by the U.S. government, and a separate round of testing by the Federal Aviation Administration. "Based upon this testing and analysis, there appear to be no practical solutions or mitigations that would permit the LightSquared broadband service, as proposed, to operate in the next few months or years without significantly interfering with GPS," the group said in the letter. The advisory board has no legal standing to block LightSquared's network from operating, but the results would be weighed heavily by the Federal Communications Commission and other law-making agencies. LightSquared accused the board of ethics violations and bias, claiming board members are too close to the GPS industry to make fair decisions. LightSquared has signed wholesale agreements with dozens of companies, including Sprint, that hope to re-sell LightSquared's LTE 4G mobile broadband to their own customers.
Consumer Groups Demand Broadband Privacy Laws
Dozens of consumer action groups have petitioned the FCC to install regulations that would protect the privacy of the nation's wired and wireless broadband users. The groups believe broadband providers — including AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Verizon, and others — should be subject to tough privacy standards.
FCC Delivers Net Neutrality Plan to Federal Register
The FCC has sent its proposed net neutrality rules to the Federal Register, completing another step in the process of making them law. The Federal Register will spend several days reviewing the rules before publishing them.
Steve Ballmer Leaves Microsoft's Board
Steve Ballmer today resigned from his position on Microsoft's board of directors effective immediately. Ballmer left the company's CEO post just six months ago, but said in a letter to current CEO Satya Nadella he felt his new obligations as owner of the LA Clippers, among others, will keep him too busy to participate meaningfully on Microsoft's board moving forward.
AT&T Sidesteps Class-Action Suit Over Throttling
A federal judge sided with AT&T and said consumers suing the carrier over its throttling practices cannot work together as a group. Instead, customers must pursue individual arbitration with the carrier, per their signed user agreements.
HTC One A9: First Phone To Work on Verizon Without CDMA
HTC will sell an unlocked version of its new One A9 that can be used on Verizon's LTE network, even though the phone lacks the legacy CDMA technology found in all other Verizon phones to date. That makes the One A9 the first phone announced for use with Verizon in LTE-only mode.
I guess no one cares that LightSquared is in the right...
We keep getting these expert opinions on how LightSquared will cause harm to current GPS technology...
Listen to the experts. They know what they are talking about. You obviously do not.
Ask any a...
Good thing those idiots at Sprint have extra PCS spectrum in the G block