LightSquared Proposes New Plan at FCC
Wants to Share Spectrum With NOAA
With the help of former FCC boss Kevin Martin, LightSquared has been engaged in a last-ditch lobbying attempt to try and save their LTE network plans. After being denied a necessary spectrum waiver due to GPS interference problems, LightSquared is trying to sell the FCC on a new plan
that would involve the company avoiding using their controversial interference-prone spectrum (instead using (at 1670-1675MHz), and is seeking an additional five megahertz of new spectrum they hope to share with government agencies (specifically 1675-1680MHz, currently used by NOAA). The government has only just begun exploring the possibility of spectrum sharing
, with T-Mobile slated to participate in trials. LightSquared is in court today trying to expand the amount of time allowed to file reorganization plan, without the threat of rival proposals.
Glen Head, NY
Yet Another Taxpayer Shaft Again LightSquared is looking for a way to circumvent the whole spectrum auction process and convert their almost worthless spectrum in valuable terrestrial spectrum. Maybe they should consider bidding on the 700MHz D-Block.
I am not against a competitive LTE provider but from the get go the whole LightSquared business model has been about converting low-cost/no-cost satellite spectrum into valuable terrestrial spectrum. Failing that they now want to be handed terrestrial spectrum for free. IMHO, they can bid on it just like AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile did. Cough up a few bucks and do it right.
I support the right to keep and arm bears.
Give it up, already! These idiots just need to realize that their plan isn't going to work. I'm all for having competition, but they decided to try to start this venture on the cheap, and when that fell apart, now they want to get bailed out. Well guys, you screwed up, but it's not too late to go out and find a useful slice of spectrum to buy. Oh, you have no money left because you squandered it all on your schemes and gyrations? Oh well...
My mom had many pieces of advice, and one of them was that, when you try to do something on the cheap, you usually end up paying more in the long run. I guess these guys never received that advice or didn't bother to listen.
Re: Give it up, already! I think that was another company, as the name is familiar in my distant memory. But this was a different company. What they wanted to do was to build transmission sites that would operate on the same frequencies used by DBS. They proposed to make this work by placing the sites north of the towns they wanted to serve, so, since dishes generally point south or southwest, they'd be pointed away from the transmitters in most cases, and I suppose the transmitters were going to be directional, only transmitting toward the south to protect dish owners located north of them. As soon as this news came out, many people worried that this scheme would interfere with DBS, which prompted Northpoint to announce some sort of dish retrofit kit that was supposed to prevent it. Still, people were worried that this solution wouldn't work, so the FCC arranged for a third party organization to do testing to determine if there would be interference. The testing found that, although interference could be reduced, it couldn't be eliminated, and it would effectively wipe out satellite reception for some people. Northpoint's reaction was that the testing was biased, and there were rumors that they were trying to call in favors to get the FCC to disregard the test results and let them proceed anyway. Apparently, that strategy didn't work, and the company faded away.