PublishedFebruary 16, 2011

Lightsquared Announcement Disappoints CCIA, Wireless Users

The FCC has revoked Lightsquared’s waiver to operate its nationwide, satellite-based broadband network. The move comes after those trying to block the system lobbied against it claiming it would interfere with GPS traffic.
CCIA and others hoping for more available spectrum and more wireless broadband competition are disappointed with this setback.
Federal regulatory bureaucracy and entrenched private and government interests have perpetrated a “bait and switch” maneuver on private business investors who played by the rules. The FCC has essentially granted squatters’ rights to users of GPS devices that were never engineered to respect the lawful property boundaries of their licensed frequencies — simply because they were there first.
Those lobbying government agencies to deny Lightsquared’s waiver are politically powerful due to their agricultural and military roots.
Meanwhile all American businesses and consumers will be denied the affordable mobile wireless bandwidth they so clearly need and Lightsquared could have provided.
  • Press Releases

CCIA Research Center, Engine Study Finds Startups Rely on Free and Low-Cost Digital Tools to Compete

Washington – In partnership with Engine, the CCIA Research Center released a new study investigating the role of free and low-cost digital tools and services in the startup ecosystem. The study find...
  • Press Releases

CCIA Supports Indiana’s Proposed Online Literacy Legislation

Washington – Indiana is joining a growing number of states who are considering proposals that would establish a digital literacy school curriculum to help children learn how to more safely and respo...
  • Press Releases

CCIA Statement on DOJ Lawsuit Targeting Google’s Digital Ads

Washington – The Department of Justice and a group of states have filed a lawsuit in federal district court in Virginia against Google, challenging certain competitive practices relating to Google...