The marginally insane plan for a US-spanning mobile network using frequencies reserved for satellite is looking more likely, thanks to an FCC decision that handsets won't have to be satellite-capable. Earlier this month the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) requested clarification in the rules, …
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What LightSquared has accomplished here amounts to a "whitewashing" of their spectrum, effectively removing regulatory requirements for a satellite network. Expect a few lawsuits against the FCC and LightSquared from other current mobile operators. They paid dearly for their spectrum, and will probably offer to pay more for LightSquared's spectrum. Or at least that is what they'll claim.
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