Fri, Jan 27, 2012
Oregon Republican To Question How Frequency Was Allocated With
So Many Issues
The chair of the House Energy and Commerce Communications and
Technology Subcommittee plans to hold a hearing to look into the
FCC's allocation of spectrum of LightSquared before key
interference questions were addressed. In a news conference
outlining his 2012 agenda, Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) said he is
"trying to figure out how the cart got so far ahead of the horse."
No specific date was given for the hearing.
The National Journal reports that Walden
(pictured) said he has met with FCC and LightSquared
officials, as well as representatives of the GPS industry, in hopes
an "engineering answer" could be found to the problem. But he says
he got two different answers from the groups.
Walden says his main question is how the FCC could allow the
company to acquire the spectrum in the first place. The FCC has
maintained that it did nothing out of the ordinary in dealing with
LightSquared, and consistently said there would be no approval for
spectrum use until all of the interference issues have been
LightSquared insists that it has testing to prove that the issue
HAS been solved, but nine federal agencies disagree, saying no
"practical" measure can guarantee the peaceful coexistence of GPS
and LightSquared's proposed 4G wireless broadband network. “I
don't understand the process where someone buys the spectrum, put
forth by the FCC to be used for a purpose, only to discover later
on you can't use what you just bought because of interference
issues,” Walden said.
Bloomberg Business News reports that the hearing will
also look into the possibility of establishing federal standards
for GPS receivers. Walden said he has learned that some may be
"sloppy," unable to filter out adjacent frequencies which make that
bandwidth unusable for other purposes.
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