Philip Falcone’s LightSquared Inc. asked U.S. regulators to develop technical standards for the global-positioning system receivers at the crux of a battle over the venture’s proposed nationwide wireless service.
GPS devices pick up signals from “other people’s licensed spectrum” causing interference concerns that could be eliminated by setting an industry standard, Jeffrey Carlisle, executive vice president, said in a news conferenceTuesday. The company filed a petition with the Federal Communications Commission, Carlisle said.
LightSquared has sought final FCC clearance for its network since late 2010 against opposition from GPS makers and users who say the service would disrupt navigation gear in cars, tractors and planes. The Reston, Va.-based company says GPS makers should have planned to accommodate LightSquared’s use of airwaves near those occupied by navigation devices. Lightsquared is hoping for regulatory approval so it can partner with Overland Park-based Sprint Nextel on wireless services — a venture that could bring billions to Sprint.
The FCC said in an order released April 6 that existing users of airwaves share responsibility for protecting against interference. The agency may consider establishing standards setting receivers’ “ability to reject interference from signals outside their allocated spectrum,” the agency said in the order.
Tammy Sun, a spokeswoman for the FCC, declined to comment.