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LightSquared Files Petition for Declaratory Relief, Asks FCC to Confirm Its Rights as Spectrum Licensee
LightSquared has asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to confirm LightSquared’s right to use the spectrum licensed to the company by the federal government. In addition, the company asked the FCC to confirm that commercial GPS manufacturers have no right to interference protection from LightSquared’s network since they are not licensed users of that spectrum.
In addition to more than 300 million GPS-enabled cell phones that government testing has confirmed are compatible with LightSquared’s spectrum, several GPS device manufacturers, including Javad GNSS and Hemisphere, have also successfully developed and tested devices that are also compatible. The development of these LightSquared-compatible GPS devices proves that GPS manufacturers could have designed their equipment to filter out LightSquared’s signals and avoid interference.
America needs clarity on the future of spectrum management and the rights of licensees. Our nation faces a spectrum crunch that will paralyze commerce and render wireless devices unreliable. LightSquared is in the best position to bring additional spectrum online for wireless broadband use and to introduce competition to the wireless industry. The biggest wireless companies have not kept up with demand nor delivered the kind of affordable and reliable service consumers deserve.
America’s wireless industry needs more spectrum and more competition. LightSquared is the answer for both.