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