A group of US legislators are asking the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to find new spectrum space for the troubled LightSquared wireless broadband network.
Five members of the US House of Representatives Appropriations Committee requested that the FCC consider re-allocating spectrum space currently set aside for the US Department of Defense (DoD) for use by Lightsquared for its proposed Long Term Evolution (LTE) wireless network. The letter to FCC chairman Julius Genachowski was obtained by government news site The Hill.
Under the plan, the FCC could swap out the DoD spectrum space for Lightsquared's own spectrum allocation.
"We believe identifying and freeing up available DoD spectrum promotes the efficient use of a valuable resource and reaffirms the FCC’s commitment to move the U.S. closer to providing wireless broadband for all Americans," the members wrote.
Such a deal could provide vital support for a LightSquared network which has been declared all but dead following a series of setbacks in 2012.
The multi-billion dollar project had originally been designed as a system which would rely on repurposed satellite communication frequencies to power an LTE broadband network. The plan received further momentum when Sprint signed on to use the network for its broadband services.
Lightsquared's operation, however, was sent into a tailspin when in January regulators found that the proposed network ran the risk of critically interfering with the operations of the global positioning system.
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