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NTIA Condemns LightSquared, FCC to Revoke Its License

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Feb 14, 2012, 9:28 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration today filed a report with the Federal Communications Commission advising that the agency prevent LightSquared from offering its planned Long Term Evolution 4G network using the L-Band spectrum. "LightSquared's proposed mobile broadband network will impact GPS services and that there is no practical way to mitigate the potential interference at this time," said the NTIA. The FCC told LightSquared in early 2011 that it would not be allowed to operate its network if it was proven to interfere with the nearby GPS signals. "NTIA … has now concluded that there is no practical way to mitigate potential interference at this time," said the FCC. "Consequently, the commission will not lift the prohibition on LightSquared. The commission clearly stated from the outset that harmful interference to GPS would not be permitted." LightSquared said that it believes the NTIA's report was based on faulty testing procedures and vowed to continue fighting for permission to launch.

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Feb 14, 2012, 10:28 PM

So what does this mean for Sprint?

Will they have to purchase more spectrum? I know they have G-Band PCS spectrum but what about for the future?
Sprint has the spectrum (double of what ATT and Verizon have combined-from Nextel purchase). That's why they still are unlimited. They just need $ to build.
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