LightSquared is no Solyndra

LightSquared is no Solyndra

By Thomas Lenard

Published in The Hill on September 22, 2015

The continued growth of wireless broadband depends in large part on the availability of spectrum. A recent study estimates that by 2019 the U.S. will need more than 350 additional megahertz of licensed spectrum to support projected commercial mobile wireless demand – 50% more than is currently available.

Fortunately, some low-hanging spectrum fruit is ready to be picked in the form of the Mobile Satellite Service spectrum licensed to LightSquared. LightSquared would not need any subsidies or special favors to begin using this spectrum, only the FCC’s permission. This is why the recent Forbes piece… comparing LightSquared to Solyndra – the failed solar panel company – was so surprising.

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/technology/254461-lightsquared-is-no-solyndra

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