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FCC Wants a Slice of the Pie in the Sky

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Noreen Seebacher
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Re: Don't wast it.
Noreen Seebacher   3/2/2012 10:15:16 AM
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Did you read who LightSquared wants to hire for its vacant CEO spot?

Apparently it's looking at former Nextel CEO Timothy Donahue as a candidate for its vacant chief executive job, Reuters reports, citing a person familiar with the matter.

Scott Raynovich
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Scott Raynovich   2/28/2012 5:11:26 PM
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I did not see that -- thanks.

Yes he is probably not a happy camper right now.

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TelecomFreq   2/28/2012 4:39:38 PM
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Scott,

 

did you see that the CEO of LightSquared stepped down today? I guess he is trying to get out before he is the only one left to point a finger at.

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TelecomFreq   2/27/2012 4:26:15 PM
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Someone really pulled some wool over the investors eyes for sure. One of their investors is a hedge fund that has invested about $2 Billion in them, that fund manager must be kicking himself right about now. If the comment period ends and the FCC send LightSquared back to the drawing board it will not be a pretty sight.

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Scott Raynovich   2/27/2012 4:19:21 PM
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Thanks TelecomFreq. It is amazing to me that the LightSquared investors did not see this coming.

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TelecomFreq   2/27/2012 11:09:00 AM
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Scott,

LightSquared has a very interesting network from a technical perspective. But I think they were a bit shot sighted to not see that they would cause interference with GPS given the spectrum they are in and the power of their transmitters. Its not as though the way GPS receivers work is a secret, its pretty well understood technology and so LightSquared really dosnt have a leg to stand on.

My understand is that the FCC is currently waiting for the comment period to next month before making a final rulling on the future of LightSquared. I think that right now LightSquared is fighting to extend the comment period, most likely so they can put together a new technical plan for review, to buy more time.

I think its pretty clear that the FCC is not going to allow LightSquared to move forward unless they can prove that they will not impact GPS, that is going to be a very high hurdle for them to clear.

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Re: Take it -- it's ours
Phoenix   2/27/2012 10:47:37 AM
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It does sound very simple. Now we know why they haven't implemented it as yet... I hope at least the thought of some much needed boost to the economy will make this happen soon with FCC taking immediate action.

Scott Raynovich
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Scott Raynovich   2/27/2012 10:35:55 AM
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TelecomFreq --

I wonder if you followed the recent ruling on LightSquared and whether you have an opinion?

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Don't wast it.
TelecomFreq   2/27/2012 9:49:41 AM
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Since the switch to all digital broadcasters have been able to transmit more content on less bandwidth, they have also saved countless amounts of money because the equipment used for digital broadcast is far less expenssive to operate then their old analog broadcasting equipment. I have talked with one broadcast engineer who told me he is saving over $150K per month since shutting down his analog transmitter.

So, not only do they have all this extra spectrum left over that can be used to improve wireless services and help push the nation to the next technical level of communication, but the broadcasters are saving money on the cost to actual broadcast.

The FCC is making the right move in taking back this spectrum, raising money, and ensuring that it gets used.

Noreen Seebacher
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Noreen Seebacher   2/27/2012 9:48:28 AM
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Google's Rick Whitt, in an ITEXPO general session today, reinterated estimates that I first read in The Gridlock Economy  that 90% to 95% of wireless spectrum is sitting idle. Whitt thinks it's time somebody does something about that.

Whitt, the director/managing counsel for Google suggested that the FCC should figure out who has what wireless spectrum and, armed with that information, put some policies in place to address the issue.

Sounds so simple, doesn't it?

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