FCC proposes suspension of LightSquared network

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GPS supporters are praising the Federal Communications Commission’s proposal to suspend LightSquared’s effort to create a wireless broadband network and suspend indefinitely the carrier's authority to operate a land-based network.

The FCC issued a conditional waiver last year that would have let LightSquared operate the LTE network in its licensed frequencies, as long as it didn't interfere with GPS. However, tests showed interference between the two networks.

"The FCC has acted appropriately by declaring that its non-interference condition has not been satisfied and that LightSquared will not be permitted to move forward with its proposal to build a nationwide high-powered terrestrial network in the mobile satellite band," said the Coalition to Save Our GPS, a LightSquared critic, in a statement on Tuesday, according to a PCWorld report.

LightSquared and Philip Falcone, whose Harbinger Capital funds the carrier, slammed the FCC proposals but hold out hope for a solution that would let the network go forward, according to the report. In a statement, Falcone said this decision was a political one driven by special interest groups and called for "rational public policy" to keep the plan alive.

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