Reston, Va. - LightSquared, the wholesale-only integrated
wireless broadband and satellite network, formally presented the company's
modified spectrum plan to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and
proposed a comprehensive solution to the GPS interference issue.
LightSquared's proposal outlines a three-part solution for
resolving GPS interference issues involving GPS devices, which was detailed in
recommendations filed at the FCC today.
The company said GPS device test results, which were also
filed at the FCC today, show unequivocally that the interference is caused by
the GPS device manufacturer's decision over the last eight years to design
products that depend on using spectrum assigned to other FCC licensees.
"This issue will be
resolved by good data, smart engineers and good faith problem solving
dialog. The end result will be continuity for the reliable and safe GPS
system we have come to depend on along with a new high-speed wireless network
that will provide huge benefits to consumers,'' said Sanjiv Ahuja, LightSquared
chairman and CEO.
In its statement, LightSquared said it is "fully committed
to a safe and robust GPS service." It said it will not launch unless the FCC,
in consultation with the NTIA, is satisfied that all reasonable interference
concerns have been addressed.
In the meantime, LightSquared said it "looks forward to
working with the FCC, NTIA, and other federal agencies" in its effort to find
solutions so that it can move forward with its plan to bring world-class
wireless broadband services and needed competition to 260 million Americans in