Statement from FCC Spokesperson Tammy Sun on Letter from NTIA Addressing Harmful Interference Testing Conclusions Pertaining to LightSquared and Global Positioning Systems
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Statement from FCC Spokesperson Tammy Sun on Letter from NTIA Addressing Harmful Interference Testing Conclusions Pertaining to LightSquared and Global Positioning Systems

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      LightSquared (LSQ) harmful interference testing conclusions DOC-312479A1 - February 14, 2012
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      “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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