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Board Says LightSquared's Network 'Would Cause Harm'

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Jan 13, 2012, 7:09 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

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.

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I guess no one cares that LightSquared is in the right... planethulk Jan 14, 2012, 11:50 AM
Good thing those idiots at Sprint have extra PCS spectrum in the G block BigRed75 Jan 13, 2012, 9:13 PM
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