What does the FCC decision on LightSquared mean for the chance of a nationwide wireless high speed network?

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It looks like the FCC is going to revoke its conditional approval of LightSquared's network due to potential interference with existing GPS devices. LightSquared insists any problems can be overcome, but the FCC isn't convinced. I would LOVE to see a unified nationwide 4G wireless network, but it doesn't look like it's going to come from LightSquared anytime soon. Does this mean the concept is dead, or is this just a temporary setback?

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dblacharski
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It probably means LightSquared's future is bleak. I doubt the FCC will change its ruling when it has found use of the frequencies LightSquared intended to use could interfere with GPS receivers. Remember, not all GPSs are used by travelers in rental cars, they are also used in those Boeing 737 flying overhead. That alone mandates a very conservative approval process by the FCC. I know LightSquared is attempting to swap out spectrum to keep this project alive, but from what I've read, their "plan" is to swap that spectrum with the Dept. of Defense. I have no idea why the DOD would even consider it, when LightSquared has demonstrated there are problems effectively it.

I would have loved to see LightSquared succeed, and hope they surprise me and find a way to move forward. They have a tough row to hoe at this stage though.

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jimlynch
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Much will probably depend on LightSquared's response. If they say it's temporary and they can actually deliver on that, then this might be a speed bump on the road to a 4G wireless network. In the short term we're really not going to know though.

I'd certainly like to see it happen so let's cross our fingers that LightSquared knows what its doing and that they will alleviate the concerns of the FCC as quickly as possible. The longer it takes, the less of a chance they probably have of getting the FCC to reverse its decision.

We'll see...

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