Keller & Heckman LLP Telecom Business Alert -- Vol. VIII Issue 32

 

LightSquared and GPS Industry Continue Fight at FCC

Of interest to those relying on GPS services, last week LightSquared filed comments at the FCC characterizing the GPS industry's opposition to its proposed operations as "vitriolic" and claiming the industry was taking "an unprecedented 'squatters rights' view of spectrum management" under which it effectively appropriates spectrum for which it is not licensed simply by deploying receivers that are incapable of filtering out signals in nearby bands. LightSquared has proposed a modified deployment plan that would permit it to operate using 10 MHz of spectrum in the lower-portion of the 1525-1559 MHz band. LightSquared believes this would avoid interference to more than 99% of GPS receivers, but many GPS stakeholders have their doubts. GPS stakeholders have urged the Commission to rescind the conditional waiver granted to LightSquared in January. More than 2,500 comments have been filed in this proceeding. Reply comments must be filed by August 15th. Please see the "K&H Video Minute" below for further details, and feel free to contact Greg Kunkle (Kunkle@khlaw.com; 202.434.4178) with questions.

FCC Public Notice Seeks Information on USF/ICC Transformation

On August 3, the FCC issued a Public Notice seeking comment on proposed reforms to the Universal Service Fund (USF) and intercarrier compensation system (ICC). This Public Notice follows a proposal submitted by the US Telecom Association (USTA) last month on behalf of six wireline providers, including AT&T and Verizon, as well as three rural telecom associations. USTA's proposal would provide $100 million for wireless services out of a budget of $4.5 billion and create a $300 million mobility fund from which satellite and wireless providers would be able to draw. The Rural Cellular Association called the proposal "a joke" for omitting meaningful funding for wireless services. Comments in response to the Public Notice must be filed by August 24th and Reply Comments are due August 31st. The Commission is planning to adopt an Order in this proceeding at its October Open Meeting. Please contact Doug Jarrett (202.434.4180; jarrett@khlaw.com) with questions.

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