The GPS coalition blasted the new proposal in a July filing. "The utter failure of LightSquared's initial deployment plans to pass interference tests raises fundamental questions about the representations LightSquared made to the FCC," the coalition said. "The current strong indication is that whatever LightSquared told the FCC prior to January 2011 was highly inaccurate, to a degree that verges on negligence."
In the longer term, the FCC or Congress will have to decide whether a 23MHz guard band is good spectrum policy, FCC officials said. The LightSquared spectrum is identified as new spectrum for mobile broadband in the FCC's national broadband plan released in early 2010.
The FCC doesn't want to lose the LightSquared spectrum for mobile broadband, and it doesn't want to encourage 23MHz guard bands as demand for mobile broadband spectrum skyrockets, officials said.
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