LightSquared Gives FCC Broadband Plan


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 2015.


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