SkyTerra intends to file for broadband stimulus funds to enable dual-mode wireless devices for public safety use

August 19, 2009

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RESTON, Va. -- SkyTerra Safety Access LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of SkyTerra (OTCBB:SKYT), intends to file an application today with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) for stimulus funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

SkyTerra will apply for funds from the NTIA’s Sustainable Adoption Program, part of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Stimulus Program, which seeks to provide funds that will increase broadband adoption in the United States. SkyTerra’s application will focus on increasing broadband adoption by the public safety community.

SkyTerra’s application will request $37 million to fund the development and deployment of two dual-mode wireless devices, optimized for public safety use. SkyTerra would provide an additional $9 million, for a total program investment of $46 million. The devices will be capable of communicating with both 700 MHz public safety terrestrial networks and with SkyTerra’s satellites. The public safety community would then be able to use just one handset to communicate on the 700 MHz terrestrial network, or access the satellite when the 700 MHz network is not available. SkyTerra’s application will include letters showing the need for this technology from cities and public safety agencies in Texas and Florida.

“Advancing the communications capabilities of the public safety community is a key objective for SkyTerra,” said Alexander H. Good, chief executive officer of SkyTerra. “Integrating satellite and 700 MHz capabilities into handsets is important in helping the public safety community meet FCC requirements, and better serve the public during times of crisis. SkyTerra endeavors to play a critical role in advancing technology for the public good.”

SkyTerra Communications (Nasdaq: SKYT)

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