In a letter addressed to "Americans everywhere" and published in major U.S. newspapers, Ahuja made his case for the LightSquared network.
In particular, Ahuja addressed the worries about GPS interference and detailed LightSquared's efforts to resolve the problem, all of which have been done "despite the fact that the interference is caused by others' inappropriate use of LightSquared's licensed spectrum."
Ahuja claimed that LightSquared had resolved 99.5 percent of all commercial GPS interference and was now working on the remaining .5 percent of interference "occurring on precision devices." He also noted that his company was investing US$150 million in the interference fix. (See LightSquared Claims High-Precision GPS Fix.)
The letter also stated that LightSquared is committed to pumping $14 billion of private investment into U.S. infrastructure, which would create 75,000 jobs over the next five years.
Here are some extracts from the letter:
- America’s wireless infrastructure is at a critical crossroad as weak signals, dead-zones, and over-subscribed networks risk stalling American innovation and failing to meet consumer needs now and in the future ...
The current nationwide wireless providers have failed to innovate and in the process have failed to keep pace with consumer and technological demands ...
Regulators from both Democrat and Republican Administrations have conducted reviews and tests of the LightSquared network -- the most extensive in the history of the FCC -- and both have reached the same conclusions: they support the LightSquared network.
The full text of the letter is here.
Why this matters
LightSquared's open letter shows the lengths the company needs to go in order to gain more support for its wholesale LTE network as it comes under increasing regulatory scrutiny over concerns about interference with GPS.
For more on LightSquared and the GPS interference situation, see these stories:
- LightSquared CEO: Stop Using Us as a Pinata
- LightSquared Claims High-Precision GPS Fix
- Sprint's $13.5B Jump to LTE With LightSquared
- LightSquared Gets GPS Pushback
- LightSquared Lashes Out at GPS Industry
— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Light Reading Mobile