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Sprint Gives LightSquared 30-Day Extension

Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) has reportedly extended its agreement with LightSquared to allow the fledgling operator another 30 days at the start of 2012 to get permission from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to operate its proposed terrestrial Long Term Evolution (LTE) L-Band network.

The Wall Street Journal first reported on Sunday that Sprint was offering LightSquared an extension to its original Dec. 31 deadline. "We agreed to extend the deadline for 30 days," a Sprint spokesperson confirmed to Reuters via email Monday.

A spokesperson for LightSquared didn't offer any comment on the news Monday, referring any questions to Sprint.

Why this matters
LightSquared has already been lobbying the FCC to get commercial assurances about its rights to the L-Band spectrum. But, Sprint's 30-day extension doesn't appear to give the operator much time to square away the regulatory details, since it has said that more testing is expected this month.

The Department of Defense may now also have more sway over approval for the network. Rep. Mike Turner inserted language into the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that says the secretary of defense must ensure that no commercial services are causing "widespread harmful interference" because of fears about GPS services.

President Obama signed the NDAA into law this past Saturday.

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— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

kaps 12/5/2012 | 5:46:47 PM
re: Sprint Gives LightSquared 30-Day Extension

So let me see if I've got this straight: This "deal," under which Sprint would "host" LightSquared's network if LightSquared somehow got approval to build, is now being "extended" because... LightSquared wasn't ever real in the first place? But an extra 30 days will fix all that?


Seriously, this "deal" is looking like all the other so-called LightSquared "deals" that have been announced -- not worth the pixels they take up to explain. Remember the LightSquared/Open Range "deal?" How's that one working out? And wasn't LightSquared supposed to have a network running by now?


Still waiting for the first promise to be delivered from LSq.

kaps 12/5/2012 | 5:46:47 PM
re: Sprint Gives LightSquared 30-Day Extension

So let me see if I've got this straight: This "deal," under which Sprint would "host" LightSquared's network if LightSquared somehow got approval to build, is now being "extended" because... LightSquared wasn't ever real in the first place? But an extra 30 days will fix all that?


Seriously, this "deal" is looking like all the other so-called LightSquared "deals" that have been announced -- not worth the pixels they take up to explain. Remember the LightSquared/Open Range "deal?" How's that one working out? And wasn't LightSquared supposed to have a network running by now?


Still waiting for the first promise to be delivered from LSq.

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