International Bureau Invites Comment on NTIA Letter Regarding LightSquared Conditional Waiver
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International Bureau Invites Comment on NTIA Letter Regarding LightSquared Conditional Waiver

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      Federal Communications Commission Chairman (FCC) public comment on National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) letter re LightSquared (LS) DA-12-214A1 - February 15, 2012
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      This Public Notice seeks comment on a letter submitted by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) on February 14, 2012, concerning the results of additional government testing of the potential interference effects of communications equipment that LightSquared Subsidiary LLC (LightSquared) seeks authority to operate. The International Bureau (Bureau) also identifies specific actions that may be taken in light of the NTIA Letter and the full record developed to date in this proceeding. The authorizations at issue here were granted nearly a decade ago. In 2003, the Commission adopted rules permitting Mobile Satellite Service (MSS) licensees, after satisfying certain preconditions known as “gating criteria,” to integrate a limited Ancillary Terrestrial Component (ATC) into their satellite networks. ATC authorization enabled MSS licensees to offer ancillary ground-based mobile services using the same spectrum resources already allocated to their MSS operations. In 2004, the Bureau modified the MSS license now held by LightSquared to allow that licensee to offer MSS and an ATC service. In 2005, the Commission removed a limit it had imposed in the 2003 rules on the number of terrestrial base stations that an MSS/ATC provider may deploy.
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