LightSquared Offers Plan to Squash Satellite 4G Interference Concerns
October 1, 2012 10:41 AM
comment(s) - last by
Embattled firms scores deal with debtors, even as it submits a painful, yet promising proposal to the FCC
, embroiled in
controversy over special-interest handouts
, and crippled by a scathing review that suggested its business model would effectively
destroy GPS use
in the U.S.; it certainly seemed like we'd seen the last of billionaire investor Phillip Falcone's
satellite 4G LTE bid
, LightSquared Inc.
But the company is back with a surprising plan that sacrifices much, but could offer a gasp of life to the seemingly doomed effort.
The company's filed request with the
Federal Communications Commission
asks permission to use the 5 MHz of its spectrum that's farthest from the block used by GPS signals. LightSquared agrees, in exchange, to not use the "upper" 10 MHz of the spectrum, saving it as a buffer to prevent interference.
The scheme is
similar to a proposal by AT&T
, Inc. (
) that recently broke over a decade of deadlock, receiving senior FCC official's blessing.
The plan is a painful one for LightSquared -- it is essentially giving up two thirds of its spectrum. But there is an old saying: "
Something is better than nothing
LightSquared is giving up a two-thirds of its spectrum to try to convince regulators to let it use the final third. [Image Source: LightSquared]
That certainly seems to ring true in this case.
The company is currently at a crucial stage in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy, which was filed in May. Alongside the FCC request is a critical plea to the judge in charge of bankruptcy asking to extend to at least last summer the time needed to file an exclusive reorganization plan. The extension would give LightSquared time to see if it can sell the FCC on the buffered spectrum plan and possibly start to monetize the plan, if approved.
There's much at stake for hedge fund manager and former semi-professional hockey player Phillip Falcone. Currently
facing fraud charges
from U.S. federal securities regulators, Mr. Falcone has also been battling with a group of creditors, whom LightSquared owes $1B USD.
Philip Falcone, one a venture capital wizard, lost nearly half his fortune and is facing fraud charges over the LightSquared mess.
[Image Source: Jacob Kepler/Bloomberg/Getty Images]
The Wall Street Journal
, which first broke news of the new FCC request,
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Shelley C. Chapman
-- the judge presiding over LightSquared's Chapter 11 -- gave Mr. Falcone a gift when she told the lenders that she would like side with Mr. Falcone. That prompted the lenders to back down from their demands of either selling the embattled firm's remains or for Mr. Falcone to personally repay them. Likely it means that the lenders will now have their debt restructured to reflect on the new fiscal reality facing the telecom.
It's the fourth quarter for LightSquared and the company is down by a couple scores, but the last couple of weeks have suggest that maybe -- just maybe -- it has a comeback left in the tank.
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
10/1/2012 8:27:59 PM
5mhz is hardly enough spectrum to build a network on. Might be able to support 120Mb. That will especially not be enough if they get involved with 'unlimited' plans like Sprint.
"I mean, if you wanna break down someone's door, why don't you start with AT&T, for God sakes? They make your amazing phone unusable as a phone!" -- Jon Stewart on Apple and the iPhone
FCC Considers AT&T LTE Spectrum Conversion, Sirius Interference Solved
September 27, 2012, 1:33 PM
The Debacle Continues: LightSquared CEO Charged With Fraud
June 28, 2012, 11:26 AM
Game Over: LightSquared Goes Bankrupt
May 14, 2012, 7:44 PM
Bribes and LTE: the Bizarre Case of LightSquared, Obama, and the USAF
January 24, 2012, 1:25 PM
LightSquared Wireless Service Signals Interrupt 75 Percent of GPS Receivers
December 12, 2011, 1:00 PM
Chromebooks Expected to See Sales Grow 26 Percent to 7.3 Million Units This Year
May 22, 2015, 1:26 PM
Apple Finally Updates 15" MacBook Pro w/ Force Touch; 5K iMac Gets Price Cut
May 20, 2015, 1:45 PM
LG G4's International Rollout Begins; Pint-Sized G4c, High-End G4 Stylus Trot Out
May 19, 2015, 12:54 AM
President Obama Posts His First "Personal" Tweet to Twitter Via an iPhone
May 18, 2015, 4:38 PM
Microsoft Bricks the Xbox Ones of Gears of War Testers Responsible for Leaks
May 14, 2015, 5:26 PM
Windows 10 Mobile Build 10080 is Available for New Phones, Brings Office Preview
May 14, 2015, 2:53 PM
Most Popular Articles
America's Largest Cable Company, Comcast, Sees Internet Subscriptions Pass TV
May 4, 2015, 2:46 PM
Can id Software's Doom Find Its Way Out of a 7+ Year Development Hell?
May 19, 2015, 7:38 PM
Oculus Rift Confirms "Pause" in OS X, Linux Development, Some Devs are Mad
May 18, 2015, 11:36 PM
The Pirate Bay Loses Its Iconic Swedish Dot SE Domains
May 20, 2015, 6:31 PM
In-Depth: Apple's ~$1B Court Victory Over Samsung to be Cut up to a Third
May 18, 2015, 9:20 PM
Latest Blog Posts
Sceptre Airs 27", 120 Hz. 1080p Monitor/HDTV w/ 5 ms Response Time for $220
Dec 3, 2014, 10:32 PM
Costco Gives Employees Thanksgiving Off; Wal-Mart Leads "Black Thursday" Charge
Oct 29, 2014, 9:57 PM
"Bear Selfies" Fad Could Turn Deadly, Warn Nevada Wildlife Officials
Oct 28, 2014, 12:00 PM
The Surface Mini That Was Never Released Gets "Hands On" Treatment
Sep 26, 2014, 8:22 AM
ISIS Imposes Ban on Teaching Evolution in Iraq
Sep 17, 2014, 5:22 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2015 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information