In a new plan filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Friday, LightSquared is proposing to vacate the upper 10MHz downlink L-Band spectrum at 1545-1555 MHz, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The FCC moved to block LightSquared's proposed 4G wholesale service in February after it found that the network would interfere with GPS communications. Now, LightSquared is asking for permission to operate in the lower 10MHz of downlink spectrum at 1526-1536 MHz. The company also wants to share spectrum with the federal government at 1675-1680 MHz to run its proposed service.
Why this matters A deal would give would-be LightSquared customers such as Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) another avenue for 4G spectrum. What hope the new proposal has, however, is deeply unclear, as the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) already concluded in February that the use of the lower part of the L-Band "would impact currently deployed personal/general navigation GPS recievers."
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