A CBS News article focuses on an important challenge the FCC must face– the wireless industry’s looming spectrum crunch.
A few points from the article:
- Spectrum is limited and finding ways to adapt are essential to establishing much stronger mobile broadband service.
- The FCC must acknowledge that spectrum conflicts will arise with different networks, such as GPS systems. The FCC must weigh these issues carefully and act appropriately based on public interest, national security, and commerce/economic concerns.
LightSquared, a Virginia-based wireless company, plans to build a nationwide wireless broadband network expected to reach 260 million Americans. The company’s objective is to develop a network that will not interfere with GPS systems. This network can be an important piece in the government’s plan to promote universal coverage.
However, the FCC must work through spectrum issues to ensure that other facets of our economy will not be affected. The report which analyzes the effects of LightSquared’s proposed network on high-tech GPS systems is due July 1st and will have broad implications for both the public and private sector. If LightSquared’s use of Inmarsat spectrum does not interfere with GPS receivers, then it is another step towards enhancing access to broadband for everyone.
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