House Commerce Committee Continues LightSquared Probe (5/15/12)
The House Energy and Commerce Committee is continuing its investigation into the FCC's handling of the license and waivers granted to support deployment of a terrestrial broadband network by LightSquared.
Several months ago, the committee requested more information from the FCC on the interference dispute between LightSquared and GPS to better understand the actions taken by the FCC in approving the deployment of a terrestrial network using a license originally granted for satellite service.
“In addition to the broader broadband implications, the FCC’s rushed process resulted in special waivers and conditions and billions of wasted dollars,” said a statement from Reps. Fred Upton, chairman of the committee; House Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden; and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Cliff Stearns. “There are many unanswered questions, specifically about whether the FCC’s own objectives led to sloppy process. We are continuing to examine the information we’ve received so far to determine what happened and how it can be avoided in the future.”
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