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LightSquared Fiasco Puts Harsh Spotlight on FCC's Genachowski
National Legal & Policy Center ^ | February 15, 2012 | Peter Flaherty

Posted on 02/15/2012 9:49:46 AM PST by jazusamo

Genachowski photo

In a major victory for the National Legal and Policy Center, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) yesterday reversed itself and revoked a controversial waiver it had granted LightSquared, which would have allowed the company to deploy a national wireless network. The reversal is not only a major setback for LightSquared's billionaire owner Phil Falcone, but puts a harsh spotlight on the role of FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski.

According to Cecelia Kang of the Washington Post Tech blog :

The FCC's decision is expected to all but end LightSquared's aspirations to provide mobile broadband services via satellite airwaves -- a plan that was touted from its inception by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski. Under his tenure, the FCC granted the company a key conditional waiver in January 2011 that was meant to help fast-track the network.

A friend of President Obama's from Harvard Law School, Genachowski has brought a culture of wheeling and dealing to the FCC, on whose decisions billions of telecom dollars ride.

The purported reason for yesterday's reversal was a new report by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) that concluded that there was "no way" to prevent Falcone's network from interfering with Global Positioning Systems (GPS). But other intervening events, such as the attempt by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to ban Falcone from the securities industry for life, put the FCC on the spot.

When Genachowski and the other Obama FCC appointees did the favor for Falcone, did they have any idea that they might be creating severe technical problems for users of GPS? And why did the FCC jump on Falcone's bandwagon when it had been publicly reported that the SEC and a U.S. Attorney were already investigating Falcone? The only possible answer is that the deal was wired at the White House and that political clout would trump all else.

Only in Barack Obama's version of crony capitalism have executive branch agencies operated at such cross-purposes. The White House staff and the FCC orchestrated a series of favors for Falcone while the SEC is seeking a lifetime ban.

We are proud to have played a role in blowing the whistle on this deal. In February 2, 2011 letter , we asked the House Committee on Government Reform and Oversight, chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), to investigate. We were the first to make the connection between the FCC waiver and Falcone's political influence.

TOPICS: Business/Economy; Conspiracy; Government; Politics
KEYWORDS: corruption; cronycapitalism; falcone; fcc; fccchairman; genachowski; gps; juliusgenachowski; lightsquared; nlpc; obama; philfalcone
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To: Daaave
Would this require every weapons system now in use in the U.S. arsenal that relies on GPS, to upgrade it's GPS receiver? Would civilian GPS receivers also be required to be upgraded? Would this cost very much, do you think?

Either way someone's paying a cost. Lightsquared is probably going to go bankrupt and lose a couple billion dollars over this if they can't turn on their system.

And you're going to be paying a cost with your continued $100 phone plans and capped data transfers if terrestrial L-band remains closed off.

And just for full disclosure, I have no financial or political interest in Lightsquared. It just rubs me the wrong way that a new wireless system is getting torpedoed because an existing system was incorrectly designed.
21 posted on 02/15/2012 2:42:45 PM PST by too_cool_for_skool
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To: too_cool_for_skool
I'm no electrical engineer nor do I understand much of the problem. I do understand that LightSquared (Falcone) had to get a conditional waiver from the FCC but had to prove GPS jamming wasn't an issue, they couldn't do that.

FCC May Kill LightSquared's Plans for Wireless Revolution

I also know from reading that Falcone made donations to Obama and Democrats for expedited approval. What was their hurry? I can't feel too sorry for a company going bankrupt (if in fact they do) that was trying to pull off a scam to make millions if not billions and using political connections to do it.

Politically-connected LightSquared Pushes Wireless Internet Plan despite GPS Interference Concerns

They were fully aware of the problems but tried to get away with it but were nailed.

22 posted on 02/15/2012 3:17:21 PM PST by jazusamo (Character assassination is just another form of voter fraud: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
I just read your links ('LightSquared Fiasco' post #22).

Thank you for posting them, and the original story also. All were very interesting reading.

23 posted on 02/15/2012 9:57:40 PM PST by Daaave ( "All I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by" John Masefield)
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To: too_cool_for_skool

The frequencies the company LS bought were never intended to be used by ground based “re-transmitters” screaming right next to GPS satellite whispers.


This is a perfect example of crony capitalism.

24 posted on 02/16/2012 5:23:48 AM PST by dynoman (Objectivity is the essence of intelligence. - Marylin vos Savant)
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To: Daaave

You’re most welcome, it’s good they were shut down and should have been sooner.

I posted a short article late yesterday afternoon that says LightSquared is going to fight this decision but I believe it’s just bluster on their part.

25 posted on 02/16/2012 8:25:28 AM PST by jazusamo (Character assassination is just another form of voter fraud: Thomas Sowell)
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