Let’s ignore the federal government!

Posted in LightSquared, Operators, Regulatory, Spectrum at 12:18 pm by timfarrar

Astonishingly, that is actually what LightSquared told the FCC last week in an ex parte meeting where “LightSquared representatives made clear that any determination that the federal precision and timing coexistence issue has been resolved would have to be based on objective and independent test results and not the subjective views of the federal agencies involved”. Of course the entire process hangs on the “views of the federal agencies involved” and if the DoD, FAA, etc. say this can’t happen then it won’t happen.

Clearly LightSquared understands only too well that the entire federal government now views the company about as favorably as an envelope full of anthrax, but can LightSquared seriously intend to argue that its own “independent” testing is good enough and the government shouldn’t bother doing the rounds of additional tests that the PNT Executive Committee is expecting to start in the spring of 2012?

In reality that sounds more like their opening argument in the upcoming litigation (“the FCC ignored the fact that we had tested all these solutions ourselves”) than a realistic way forward, and at this point in time, its hard to imagine LightSquared has anything to lose by waiting much longer to initiate that phase of its strategy.

UPDATE: I understand that the reason for LightSquared’s comment is that they were told by the senior FCC staff in the meeting not to expect a ruling from the FCC anytime soon, because of the need for substantial further testing by the PNT Executive Committee, and there would certainly not be an announcement in December as LightSquared’s CEO was “guaranteeing” only a few weeks ago.


  1. jritz said,

    November 21, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    Lightsquared 1st lien term loan has been dropping like a rock. Quoted $44-$46 today.

  2. ORBITRAX said,

    November 23, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    At this point, the only question is….

    Will Lightsquared/FCC officials begin throwing FCC officials and their careers, “UNDER THE BUS”, BEFORE or AFTER Lightsquard initiates litigation? It appears that FCC Officials are already starting to “point fingers” within the organization by the looks of the statements in todays Washington Post article shown below.

    “Within the FCC, an official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the LightSquared proceeding is still active, said the issue should have gone to a full commission vote and that it was presented to other members as though it were irreversible……..”

    We say, Pop some popcorn folks, because the movie, “Thrown under the Bus”, is just about to start.


  3. TMF Associates MSS blog » There’s no there there… said,

    December 7, 2011 at 11:49 am

    [...] way to demonstrating that GPS interference issues have been resolved”. This is in line with LightSquared’s statement to the FCC on November 15, that “any determination that the federal precision and timing coexistence issue has been [...]

  4. TMF Associates MSS blog » Spin until you puke… said,

    December 8, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    [...] its way out of this problem. Perhaps LightSquared will tell the FCC that it should ignore not only the “subjective views” of the federal agencies but all of their testing as [...]

  5. Directions 2012: A Look Ahead | GPS World said,

    April 21, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    [...] debt has declined as much as 50 percent or more. Obviously, the company is scrambling. Last month, it told the FCC that the agency should ignore the opinions of other Federal agencies when evaluating their GPS-jamming [...]

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