NTIA Kicks LightSquared While It's Down

LightSquared howls in protest Tuesday at NTIA's conclusions on network interference for the FCC

Dan Jones, Mobile Editor

February 14, 2012

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NTIA Kicks LightSquared While It's Down

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) told the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Tuesday that LightSquared 's proposed Long Term Evolution (LTE) network will interfere with GPS services. Reston, Va.-based LightSquared strongly protested the agency's conclusion late on Tuesday afternoon.

"NTIA relies on interference standards that have never been used in this context and were forced by the GPS community in order to reach the conclusions presented today," LightSquared said in a statement. "This, together with a severely flawed testing process that relied on obsolete and niche devices, shows that the FCC should take the NTIA's recommendation with a generous helping of salt," the company continued.

The NTIA had testing done on GPS receivers in regard to LightSquared's proposed network back in November. LightSquared has already decried those results as "flawed" because the tests used "obsolete" devices.

Why this matters
The FCC had been waiting on the NTIA recommendation. The judgment -- while not unexpected -- is another black mark against LightSquared's chances of ever launching its LTE network.

For more LightSquared's GPS saga has been extensively covered by Light Reading Mobile during the past year:

  • Sprint Gives LightSquared 'Til Mid-March

  • Public Sucked Into LightSquared Squabble

  • LightSquared's War of Words

  • LightSquared Calls GPS Tests 'Rigged'

  • Government Agencies Blast LightSquared

  • Sprint Gives LightSquared 30-Day Extension

  • 2011 Top Ten: LightSquared in the Limelight

  • LightSquared Files GPS-Test Data

  • LightSquared to GPS Industry: Get Bent

  • NDAA Bill Would Let Military Block LightSquared

  • Sprint's $13.5B Jump to LTE With LightSquared

  • LightSquared Plans LTE Launch Next Year

  • LightSquared 'Confident' of FCC Approval in 2012

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

About the Author(s)

Dan Jones

Mobile Editor

Dan is to hats what Will.I.Am is to ridiculous eyewear. Fedora, trilby, tam-o-shanter -- all have graced the Jones pate during his career as the go-to purveyor of mobile essentials.

But hey, Dan is so much more than 4G maps and state-of-the-art headgear. Before joining the Light Reading team in 2002 he was an award-winning cult hit on Broadway (with four 'Toni' awards, two 'Emma' gongs and a 'Brian' to his name) with his one-man show, "Dan Sings the Show Tunes."

His perfectly crafted blogs, falling under the "Jonestown" banner, have been compared to the works of Chekhov. But only by Dan.

He lives in Brooklyn with cats.

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