LightSquared Owner Urges FCC to Work Toward Resolution
LightSquared owner Philip A. Falcone of Harbinger Capital Partners made a personal appearance before key members of the FCC on Jan. 4, urging them to work toward a resolution that would allow the LightSquared wireless broadband network to move forward. Falcone was joined by Jeffrey Carlisle, LightSquared’s executive vice president for regulatory affairs and public policy, and Ashley Dunner, a Harbinger consultant. According to an FCC filing, the group emphasized “the significant investment that has already been made in reliance on LightSquared’s longstanding ancillary terrestrial component (ATC) authority and the Commission-imposed network deployment milestones, as well as the numerous customers that have already committed to use LightSquared capacity.” The group said the “scope of the GPS technical issues has been narrowed considerably.”
In a separate petition filed in December, LightSquared asked the FCC to declare that GPS manufacturers are not entitled to interference protection when they sell devices that look into LightSquared's spectrum; that GPS manufacturers have no right to the indefinite free use of L-band spectrum; and that the cost of retrofitting GPS devices to make them compatible with adjacent band operations should not be borne by MSS/ATC licensees.