[LINK] Washington Times: Reston firm vows to buck denial of wireless network

Antony Barry antonybbarry at gmail.com
Thu Feb 16 17:22:16 AEDT 2012

Reston-based LightSquared Inc. vowed Wednesday to continue its fight to establish a national wireless broadband network, a day after federal regulators ruled its plan posed too great a danger to existing defense, aviation and GPS networks.

After Federal Communications Commission officials made clear late Tuesday that they would not approve the company's wireless network, LightSquared CEO Sanjiv Ahuja accused the government of bowing to political pressure and said regulators were guilty of trying to "choose winners and losers" rather than let the market decide.

Although the FCC gave tentative approval last year for LightSquared's plan to build a land-based network that would reach nearly 70 percent of the United States by 2015, the proposal has been controversial from the start, for both technical and commercial reasons. LightSquared officials contend the technical problems - including interference with Defense Department, GPS and other existing satellite signals - were fixable.

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"Politicians, rather than engineers and scientists, dictated the solution to the problem from Washington," Mr. Ahuja said in statement Wednesday afternoon. ...

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