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Free Download: Keller & Heckman Telecom Business Alert - Vol. VIII Issue 41

LightSquared Claims GPS Interference Caused by Ignored Standards

In a letter filed with the FCC last week, LightSquared claimed GPS manufacturers ignored government standards adopted by the Defense Department in developing GPS receivers. By ignoring these standards, LightSquared asserts that GPS receivers receive signals from the adjacent frequency band licensed to LightSqaured and these signals result in interference to GPS devices. While the GPS industry has expressed concerns that LightSquared's operations interfere with GPS receivers, LightSquared asserts GPS receivers are not entitled to protection from interference from neighboring bands. The company has reportedly threatened legal action if the FCC does not approve the proposed network after the latest round of testing is concluded. The current testing was required by a  Public Notice issued by the FCC last month. For more information, please contact Greg Kunkle (202.434.4178;

DC Circuit Will Hear Challenges to FCC Net Neutrality Rules

By lottery held last week and consistent with Verizon's legal strategy, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit was selected as the court to rule on the petitions to review the FCC's Net Neutrality Order. The rules adopted in this Order are due to take effect on November 20. (Vol. VIII, Issue 40). Several years ago, the D.C. Circuit struck down the FCC's Comcast/BitTorrent decision and questioned the FCC's authority to regulate Internet access service. Net neutrality proponents had filed petitions for review with other courts, looking for a more sympathetic forum. For more information, please contact Doug Jarrett (202.434.4180;

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