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 Proposes Spectrum Screen Changes
The Federal Communications Commission today issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that will see changes made to how it uses spectrum screens to weigh spectrum auctions and sales. The FCC wants to see low- and high-band spectrum put to use more evenly around the country by a wider range of companies.
Sprint Complains to FCC Over Proposed Spectrum Screen
Sprint submitted a proposal to the Federal Communications Commission this week in response to the FCC's suggested spectrum screen reforms. The FCC established spectrum screens to help it weigh how much spectrum is owned by wireless network operators in a given market.
FCC Spells Out Spectrum Screen Policies
The Federal Communications Commission today adopted a Report and Order with respect to spectrum screens and how'll they'll be used in upcoming spectrum auctions and other spectrum transactions. Moving forward the FCC will stick to its one-third rule, meaning the FCC will analyze on a case-by-case basis transactions that might result in a wireless provider owning more than one-third of the available spectrum licenses in a given market.
CTIA Believes FCC's Power Should Be Kept In Check
The CTIA Wireless Association recently recommended to congress that it limit the powers of the Federal Communications Commission to regulate the wireless industry. The comments come in response to a white paper published by the House Committee On Energy and Commerce earlier this year.
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