LightSquared: The Company That Won't Die

LightSquared is asking the federal government to give it another chance to launch a 4G service that other operators can rent bandwidth on, this time on airwaves it claims don't interfere with GPS location signals.

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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joset01 12/5/2012 | 5:20:04 PM
re: LightSquared: The Company That Won't Die

Seems like the NTIA effectively scuttled the lower-band option with that February letter: I wonder what LightSquared's aim is here?

joset01 12/5/2012 | 5:20:03 PM
re: LightSquared: The Company That Won't Die

This is actually weather balloon spectrum LightSquared wants to share.

krishanguru143 12/5/2012 | 5:20:00 PM
re: LightSquared: The Company That Won't Die

What do they have to lose?  It is do or die for them and they will do or say anything to get approval.  They are backed into a corner by their own actions and I would not trust anything they say.

Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 5:20:00 PM
re: LightSquared: The Company That Won't Die

Exactly. It takes a long time for companies to truly die, and Lightsquared might as well pull every engineering and legal trick it can. This is going to go on and on and on...

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