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Dept. of Commerce Says LightSquared Will Harm GPS

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Jul 8, 2011, 12:18 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

In yet another set-back for LightSquared, the National Telecommunications and Information Association, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, has submitted a report to the Federal Communications Commission condemning LightSquared's planned Long Term Evolution network. In the report, the NTIA concluded that LightSquared's network "poses a significant potential for harmful interference" to GPS systems. Further, the NTIA recommended to the FCC that "LightSquared should not commence commercial services per its planned deployment for terrestrial operations in the 1525 - 1559MHz Mobile-Satellite Service (MSS) Band due to harmful interference to GPS operations." LightSquared has submitted a plan to the FCC that it says will circumvent 99% of the interference issues, but the GPS industry and others disagree. LightSquared also continues to sign up new wholesale partners, which will market and sell the LTE broadband services under their own brands. The FCC has yet to make any decisions on how LightSquared should proceed.

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Jul 8, 2011, 5:40 PM

Does anyone else think...

these guys might be pulling an enron?

Jul 8, 2011, 4:25 PM

Kiss of Death or Silver Lining?

Wow! Talk about a slap in the face. Poor LightSquared On the bright side (for me at least) no LightSquared means AT&T cannot attempt to prop them up as a worth adversary and excuse their devouring of T-Mobile.
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