PERTAINING TO LIGHTSQUARED AND GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEMS
philmt59 at aol.com
Wed Feb 15 17:36:10 CST 2012
It's nice to see that even in this day and age, it is possible for the thinnest veneer of common sense to prevail - eventually.
On 15 Feb 2012, at 15:52, Frank Gentges wrote:
> It looks like the FCC is going to deny Lightsquared the spectrum near the GPS frequency. Finally, NTIA weighed in and issued a paper and the FCC has found continuing their position has become intolerable. Their statement follows.
> For those of us at Tippy's Taco's table we saw this coming and our response is "awww"
> From Orlando.
> Frank Gentges K0BRA
> STATEMENT FROM FCC SPOKESPERSON TAMMY SUN ON LETTER FROM NTIA
> ADDRESSING HARMFUL INTERFERENCE TESTING CONCLUSIONS
> PERTAINING TO LIGHTSQUARED AND GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEMS
> “To drive economic growth, job creation, and to promote competition, the FCC has been focused on
> freeing up spectrum for mobile broadband. This includes our efforts to remove regulatory barriers that
> preclude the use of spectrum for mobile services. To advance these goals, the Commission runs open
> processes – the success of which relies on the active, timely, and full participation of all stakeholders.
> “LightSquared’s proposal to provide ground-based mobile service offered the potential to unleash new
> spectrum for mobile broadband and enhance competition. The Commission clearly stated from the outset
> that harmful interference to GPS would not be permitted. This is why the Conditional Waiver Order
> issued by the Commission’s International Bureau prohibited LightSquared from beginning commercial
> operations unless harmful interference issues were resolved.
> “NTIA, the federal agency that coordinates spectrum uses for the military and other federal government
> entities, has now concluded that there is no practical way to mitigate potential interference at this time.
> Consequently, the Commission will not lift the prohibition on LightSquared. The International Bureau of
> the Commission is proposing to (1) vacate the Conditional Waiver Order, and (2) suspend indefinitely
> LightSquared’s Ancillary Terrestrial Component authority to an extent consistent with the NTIA letter. A
> Public Notice seeking comment on NTIA’s conclusions and on these proposals will be released
> “This proceeding has revealed challenges to maximizing the opportunities of mobile broadband for our
> economy. In particular, it has revealed challenges to removing regulatory barriers on spectrum that restrict
> use of that spectrum for mobile broadband. This includes receivers that pick up signals from spectrum
> uses in neighboring bands. There are very substantial costs to our economy and to consumers of
> preventing the use of this and other spectrum for mobile broadband. Congress, the FCC, other federal
> agencies, and private sector stakeholders must work together in a concerted effort to reduce regulatory
> barriers and free up spectrum for mobile broadband. Part of this effort should address receiver
> performance to help ensure the most efficient use of all spectrum to drive our economy and best serve
> American consumers.”
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