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LightSquared says GPS has to accept interference

Stephen Lawson | Dec. 22, 2011
Mobile startup LightSquared wants the FCC to declare that it has the right to use spectrum next to the GPS band and that navigation device makers do not.

"They seem to be running out of proposals here for mitigating interference," said Jim Kirkland, vice president and general counsel of Trimble, who spoke on the group's conference call.

The Coalition said LightSquared's petition was based on false claims about past FCC decisions on what the band near GPS could be used for. LightSquared has always been prohibited from interfering with GPS receivers, the Coalition said.

Whatever the outcome or timing of an FCC ruling on it, the petition may have been a move by LightSquared to prepare for a possible lawsuit if it does not receive clearance to build its network, analyst Tim Farrar of TMF Associates said on Tuesday.

LightSquared has said it intends to launch its network commercially next year. Its total capital and operating expenses for the network will be about US$14 billion over eight years, Carlisle said. On top of the approximately $4 billion it has already raised, the company will need another $3 billion to $4 billion before its business becomes self-sustaining, he said on Wednesday.

 

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