LightSquared Submits Nationwide Wireless Broadband Plan to FCCBy Lightsquared, PRNE
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
RESTON, Virginia, June 30, 2011 -
LightSquared™, the nation’s first wholesale-only integrated
wireless broadband and satellite network, formally presented the
company’s modified spectrum plan to the FCC and proposed a
comprehensive solution to the GPS interference issue. This plan
will serve as a foundation for the construction of a new wireless
broadband network that will bring world-class Internet service to
the United States, including rural areas and other underserved
communities and inject new competition in an increasingly
consolidating wireless market.
LightSquared’s proposal outlines a three-part solution for
resolving GPS interference issues involving GPS devices, which was
detailed in recommendations filed at the FCC today. GPS device test
results, which were also filed at the FCC today, show unequivocally
that the interference is caused by the GPS device manufacturer’s
decision over the last eight years to design products that depend
on using spectrum assigned to other FCC licensees.
Now LightSquared is stepping forward to help resolve the
problem. In contrast, the GPS device manufacturers, unlike relevant
government agencies, have been largely uninterested in finding a
win-win solution. Rather, their only answer to a problem of
their own making is to demand that the government simply block
LightSquared from using the company’s own spectrum to roll out the
first wholesale-only wireless broadband network for the entire
nation - an economic benefit worth as much as $120 billion to
consumers. This is a problem that the GPS industry could have
avoided by equipping their devices over the last several years with
filters that cost as little as five cents each.
“This issue will be resolved by good data, smart engineers and
good faith problem solving dialog. The end-result will be
continuity for the reliable and safe GPS system we have come to
depend on along with a new high speed wireless network that will
provide huge benefits to consumers,” said Sanjiv Ahuja,
LightSquared Chairman and CEO.
Despite the GPS industry’s claims, the FCC does not face a stark
choice between reliable GPS service and a new competitor in the
broadband market. In fact, the testing results released today show
LightSquared’s proposed solution resolves interference for
approximately 99.5 percent of all commercial GPS devices- including
100 percent of the 300 million GPS-enabled cell phones.
While issues remain with precision GPS devices, LightSquared is
fully committed to finding a solution. It is unthinkable that a
nation which recently completed a complex digital-television
transition involving nearly every household in the U.S. will be
stymied by a problem posed by approximately 200,000 GPS
But LightSquared cannot solve this problem on its own. It needs
the cooperation of the GPS industry. LightSquared believes
cooperation is the least to expect from an industry that built a
business by piggy-backing on the federal government’s GPS network
without any investment in infrastructure or spectrum. A recent
Brattle Group study showed that the commercial GPS industry’s
ability to use the U.S. government’s GPS network amounts to an $18
billion federal subsidy.
LightSquared is fully committed to a safe and robust GPS
service. In fact, LightSquared will not launch unless the FCC, in
consultation with the NTIA, is satisfied that all reasonable
interference concerns have been addressed.
In the meantime, LightSquared looks forward to working with the
FCC, NTIA, and other federal agencies in its effort to find
solutions so that it can move forward with its plan to bring
world-class wireless broadband services and needed competition to
260 million Americans in 2015.
LightSquared’s mission is to revolutionize the U.S. wireless
industry. With the creation of the first-ever, wholesale-only
nationwide 4G-LTE network integrated with satellite coverage,
LightSquared offers people the speed, value and reliability of
universal broadband connectivity, wherever they are in the United
States. As a wholesale-only operator, LightSquared will deploy an
open 4G network to be used by existing and new service providers to
sell their own devices, applications and services - at a
competitive cost and without retail competition from LightSquared.
The deployment and operation of LightSquared’s network represent
more than $14 billion of private investment over the next eight
Forward Looking Statement
This release contains forward-looking statements and information
regarding LightSquared and its business. Such statements are based
on the current expectations and certain assumptions of
LightSquared’smanagement and are, therefore, subject to certain
risks and uncertainties. The forward-looking statements expressed
herein relate only to information as of the date of this release.
LightSquared has no obligation to update these forward-looking
statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of
this release, nor is there any assurance that the plans or
strategies discussed in this release will not change.
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