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FCC, LightSquared face legal roadblocks

US: The recently enacted National Defense Authorization Act of 2012, signed by President Obama on December 31, 2011, can further delay LightSquared’s launch of a nationwide wireless data network. The clause, added to the 500-page bill at the bequest of Reps. Michael R. Turner (R-Ohio) and Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.), prohibits the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from approving LightSquared’s request to begin commercial land-based operations until the FCC “has resolved concerns” about possible interference with military GPS systems.
The defence authorisation bill also orders the Secretary of Defense to conduct a review every 90 days on whether defence GPS devices will be affected by commercial radio transmissions on neighbouring bands. If DoD finds a problem, it must report to Congress on the devices affected, source of the interference and the cost of fixing the problem. The restrictions on LightSquared are not to be lifted, the act says, until the Defense Secretary “determines that commercial communications services are not causing any widespread harmful interference with covered GPS devices.” “Covered” devices are defence-related ones.  
Source: Forbes