FCC Implies that GPS Receiver Performance Needs Fixing
The Federal Communications Commission today issued a statement concerning the recent report from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration regarding LightSquared. The FCC said the International Bureau of the Commission is proposing to vacate LightSquared's Conditional Waiver Order, and suspend indefinitely LightSquared's Ancillary Terrestrial Component authority to operate its planned LTE network. The FCC said it will issue a Public Notice on February 16 seeking comments on the proposal. Despite the NTIA's findings, the FCC doesn't let the GPS industry off the hook for the end result. "This proceeding has revealed challenges to removing regulatory barriers on spectrum that restrict use of that spectrum for mobile broadband. This includes receivers that pick up signals from spectrum uses in neighboring bands. Congress, the FCC, other federal agencies, and private sector stakeholders must work together in a concerted effort to reduce regulatory barriers and free up spectrum for mobile broadband. Part of this effort should address receiver performance to help ensure the most efficient use of all spectrum to drive our economy and best serve American consumers." LightSquared, which is funded by Philip Falcone's Harbinger Group, disputes the NTIA's findings.
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 Weighing Mid-Band Spectrum for 5G
The FCC today issued a Notice of Inquiry concerning new spectrum bands it is eying for potential 5G deployments. Until today, the FCC has targeted 5G deployments in spectrum below the 3.7 GHz band and above the 24 GHz band.
FCC Chairman Opposes Idea of Government-Run 5G Network
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai today said he disagrees with national security advisors' idea that the government should take control of 5G. "I oppose any proposal for the federal government to build and operate a nationwide 5G network," said Pai in a statement.
FCC Weighing Changes to 2.5 GHz Band for 5G
The FCC today said it is considering new rules for the Educational Broadband Service (EBS) spectrum in the 2.5 GHz band. The FCC says much of this spectrum is unused across the U.S., particularly in rural areas.
ITU Inches Closer to Defining 5G Spectrum
The International Telecommunications Union recently concluded the World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15) and moved forward several initiatives meant to allocate spectrum for mobile broadband. The conference, which recorded some 3,300 attendees, covered more than 40 topics across the gambit of wireless services.
Suprisingly Realistic Attitude
The more logical solution would be tighter rules on how they use spectrum going forward and allow attrition and software patches to take care of the issue. Given time, that will then make the adjoining spectrum usable.
There was simply no way the changes required could/would be implemented in a time frame that would have allowed Lightsquared to operate. On one level, they were screwed because the whole fiasco should never have been a