Senators Task FCC to Find Alternate Spectrum for LightSquared
There's spectrum for them
The only question I have is how much they had to pay Kerry and Graham to ask the FCC to find them new spectr...
Wouldn't you be upset if you purchased a piece of land from someone only to find out that someone had built on the land even though they should not have?
GPS is encroaching.
No they aren't. If they are, name ONE UNAUTHORIZED FREQUENCY at which a GPS satellite is broadcasting.
LS is using their spectrum for something other than how it was intended.
Bingo. Lightsquared even admits the existence of a problem indirectly by complaining that GPS receivers can't block the interference.
Lightsquared has no excuse for not understanding the simple concept which makes their bad idea unworkable. This is not a new problem, it is a known problem which has been avoided for decades by establishing the rules which Lightsquared wants to ignore.
Plain and simple.
They knew, going in, it was a crap shoot.
They were not granted unrestricted terrestrial use of the spectrum, but rather a waiver of an established rule if they could prove that interference could be overcome.
They did not prove it.
Now they are blaming everyone else for their failture to do due dilligence and testing prior to making the spectrum purchase.
Looks as if they thought if they threw enough money around and whined and bitched enough they could horn in with a terrestrial based network on the cheap without having to purchase terrestrial spectrum.
Looks as though it is going to work out just fine.
If you think anyone needs an inside scoop to declare that Lightsquared knew in advance what they were working with, then you are completely confused about how all of this works. You may as well claim that we can't assume that Ford knows which side of the road we drive on when they build their vehicles. SHOW ME THE CONTRACT BETWEEN FORD AND THE DOT!
The spectrum LightSquared acquired was originally licensed for satellite-to-ground transmissions, which operate at a low power level. LightSquared wanted to use it for strictly terrestrial transmissions, which operate at a higher power level, which is why they went to the FCC for a waiver.
Now we get into the interference issue. LightSquared's terrestrial transmissions were found to interfere with GPS receivers. This has nothing to do with the signals being broadcast by GPS satellites encroaching on the frequencies LightSquared wants to use--in fact, they don't, and that has never been alleged by LightSquared. However, what is happening is that GPS receivers can't reject the much stronger LightSquar...
It's more like buying property and trying to build on the neighbor's property because, well, the big pink barn you're building doesn't encroach on their view, right? So they should totally be okay with it. And they should also be okay with you building on their land in the first place, even though you don't own it and only own an adjacent property.
Here's an analogy using a piece of the EM Spectrum we're all a bit more familiar with -- Light.
Say a university builds an astronomical observatory. They need a place where they can accurately detect a very weak signal coming from space (starlight in this example). So they purchase a plot of land (spectrum) far away from civilization that is surrounded on all sides by land that is unused, but zoned to be 'dark' (in the case of GPS, its not really dark, but at worst is competing with weak signals pointing AWAY from the receiver/observatory). They build well within the limits of ...
There was another company that was proposing a very similar scheme about a decade or so ago. It was called NorthPoint, and it proposed to build a series of terrestrial transmitters to broadcast TV and possibly also Internet access. The catch was that NorthPoint wanted to use the same frequencies as DBS. When people began to point out that this would disrupt DirecTV and DISH Network service for many people, NorthPoint first replied that it wouldn't because their transmitters would be plac...
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