toggle

AAPL Stock: 123.38 ( + 0.61 )

Printed from http://www.macnn.com

FCC to back LightSquared's satellite-based broadband tech

updated 09:50 pm EST, Tue January 25, 2011

Company to be granted waiver

The FCC is reportedly set to grant a waiver to a startup, LightSquared, that specializes in satellite-based broadband. The Commission has yet to formally announce its decision, however sources have told The Washington Post that the agency supports LightSquared's proposal, which is viewed as a way to promote competition in the wireless broadband market.

"LightSquared would be a new competitor and entrant into mobile broadband with new sources of capital and a new kind of business model that consumers find appealing," said the unnamed FCC official.

The waiver is said to enable the startup to sell wireless broadband service apart from the company's satellite-based services, as a way to expand its customer base by offering a broader range of products. Opponents claim LightSquared's satellite operations may interfere with existing signals for GPS or other systems, however the FCC official suggests the company will be required to resolve any problems before launching commercial service.

LightSquared initially plans to promote its product to other companies rather than directly to individual consumers. It remains unclear if the company will be able to overcome the interference concerns raised by doubters.




by MacNN Staff

POST TOOLS:

TAGS :

toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

Follow us on Facebook

toggle

Most Popular

Advertisement

Recent Reviews

15-inch MacBook Pro with Force Touch

Apple's 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro continues to be a popular notebook with professional users and prosumers looking for the ultimate ...

Typo keyboard for iPad

Following numerous legal shenanigans between Typo -- a company founded in part by Ryan Seacrest -- and the clear object of his physica ...

Entry-level 27-inch Retina iMac

The 27-inch Apple iMac with 5K Retina display is already one of the best value-for-money Macs that Apple has ever released. It was som ...

toggle

Most Commented