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LightSquared prepares to battle the FCC, hires two top lawyers

LightSquared prepares to battle the FCC, hires two top lawyers

Things have been looking bleak for LightSquared recently: the FCC denied it the ability to use its spectrum for an LTE rollout due to the risk of GPS being affected. LightSquared is also on the verge of running out of cash, having recently missed a payment on a $56 million loan from a British bank, and has also cut its workforce by 45%. Vowing not to go quietly into the night, LightSquared is reportedly getting ready to fight back.

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HTC DROID Incredible 4G spotted at FCC

HTC DROID Incredible 4G spotted at FCC

The FCC has released documents leading mobile sleuths to ponder the next Verizon HTC release in a DROID Incredible with 4G LTE. This device would be the next in a line of ultra-successful DROID-branded HTC units last seen in the HTC Incredible 2 and used by none other than your humble narrator and Android Community's Cory Gunther as we traversed the landscape at last month's MWC 2012 in Barcelona. This newest device has a slightly different set of connectivity bands available but will likely bump up the masses to the new generation with its dual-core processor and AMOLED display.

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Verizon faces LTE fight as T-Mobile and more fight AWS cable deal

Verizon faces LTE fight as T-Mobile and more fight AWS cable deal

Verizon and several cable companies plans to pool spectrum for an huge push in LTE coverage have raised the ire of rivals, with T-Mobile USA, DIRECTV and others petitioning the FCC for full access to redacted evidence over concerns the move may be anti-competitive. In an open letter [pdf] submitted to the FCC, the ten groups take issue with Verizon, Comcast, Time Warner, Brighthouse and Cox asserting that access to full documentation isn't in the public interest. Without that access, they suggest, "interested parties would be unfairly deprived of the information they need to produce a complete portrait of the impact this transaction will have on the public interest" and thus unable to advise the FCC.

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LightSquared blasts FCC over “bureaucratic irresponsibility”

LightSquared blasts FCC over “bureaucratic irresponsibility”

LightSquared has accused the FCC of "the height of bureaucratic irresponsibility" and of being the puppet of scheming politicians, as the company sees its 4G aspirations rapidly fade. Responding officially to the FCC ruling against the LightSquared's LTE plans earlier this week, the injured company argued that US government toadying to the GPS lobby damaged not only its own business but harmed "the American public."

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LightSquared schemes spectrum swap

LightSquared schemes spectrum swap

This week the LightSquared group has received word from the FCC that they will not be able to use airwaves otherwise used by GPS signals, so today we're to understand that the group will be seeking to exchange its licenses for ones currently operated by the US Department of Defense. The LightSquared fourth generation mobile broadband service appears to be using this strategy to keep their otherwise shot-down company afloat as the FCC revokes their waiver allowing the network to operate.

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Lights out for LightSquared

Lights out for LightSquared

LightSquared is likely to run out of cash within a matter of months, analysts have predicted, after rejection of the company's LTE scheme leaves little room to renegotiate vast borrowing costs. The FCC ruled yesterday that the risk of GPS interference was simply too great to allow LightSquared's wireless broadband plans to go ahead, withdrawing its preliminary approval for a 4G network roll-out. Primary investor Harbinger Capital Partners has already seen around $1.5bn in investments wiped out after conceding a significant cut in value last year, and now, Bloomberg's sources claim, faces huge a 15-percent interest rate on an outstanding $190m loan.

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FCC protects “too big to fail” GPS from LightSquared interference

FCC protects “too big to fail” GPS from LightSquared interference

Today it appears that the FCC has laid down their final (or near-final) judgement of the LightSquared ruling, this judgement saying that because LightSquared's method for transmitting broadband internet interfered with GPS signals across the USA, they would not be allowed to operate. LightSquared has of course again contested the ruling saying that the testing done by the FCC was "severely flawed" and that they "profoundly disagree" with the results, equating the GPS market with "too big to fail" companies of early 2011 - bailout-receivers like the auto industry here in the USA.

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Lytro camera gutted: Bluetooth and Wi-Fi inside

Lytro camera gutted: Bluetooth and Wi-Fi inside

The FCC has laid its grubby little mitts on the cool Lytro Light Field Camera and torn the device apart to see what's on the inside. The normal camera hardware was spied along with something that was unexpected. Inside the camera, a Marvell Avastar 88 W8787 SoC was discovered, which adds in a couple capabilities that we didn't know the Lytro camera offered previously.

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FCC changes Lifeline home phone subsidy program to help fund low income broadband

FCC changes Lifeline home phone subsidy program to help fund low income broadband

One of the things that the FCC has been pushing hard is for the expansion of broadband into rural America. Many rural Americans don't have access to broadband, and some in rural America can't afford broadband if they do have access. The FCC has announced changes to the Lifeline subsidy program, which was a subsidy to help pay for basic phone service in homes where families can't afford phone service otherwise. The changes are designed to save money from the program, and funnel those funds to pay for rural broadband.

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