Upton, Walden, and Stearns Statement on LightSquared/GPS Investigation

May 15, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC - House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR), and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Cliff Stearns (R-FL) today issued the following statement on the ongoing investigation into the FCC's handling of the license and waivers granted to support deployment of a terrestrial broadband network by LightSquared, potential GPS interference issues, and the FCC's continued management of the nation's airwaves: 

”Several months ago, the committee requested more information on the interference dispute between LightSquared and GPS to better understand the actions taken by the FCC in approving the deployment of a terrestrial network using a license originally granted for satellite service. In addition to the broader broadband implications, the FCC’s rushed process resulted in special waivers and conditions and billions of wasted dollars. Now, more than ever, we need to get to the bottom of how we got this far down a dead-end road. There are many unanswered questions, specifically about whether the FCC’s own objectives led to sloppy process. We are continuing to examine the information we’ve received so far to determine what happened and how it can be avoided in the future.” 

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