After a federal committee shot down plans for LightSquared’s 4G broadband internet service in January, the company announced plans to initiate an investigation. Now, the wireless company has requested that the Federal Communications Commission set tougher technical standards for the design of future GPS devices.
If the FCC approves the measure, the move could pave the way for LightSquared’s network to eventually move forward in the future. LightSquared has invested billions of dollars to launch its wireless network, but opposition to the company’s plan has prevented the company from moving forward.
"If GPS devices had stayed in their own lane, there wouldn't be an issue with LightSquared's network," Jeff Carlisle, LightSquared's vice president of regulatory affairs, told reporters on a conference call on Tuesday.
Carlisle accused GPS companies of making "a too big to fail argument" by saying the FCC should give them special protection because of the importance of their devices, according to reports from Thehill.com.
With Tuesday's filing, LightSquared argued that GPS receivers could be fixed using filters or other technical modifications.
However, LightSquared’s move was met with criticism by Trimble.
"This latest filing yet again proceeds from the same false premises and claims that LightSquared has repeated ad nauseam in its ongoing effort to deny its obligation to avoid harmful interference to millions of government and private GPS users," Jim Kirkland, general counsel of GPS-maker Trimble, said in a statement.
LightSquared has until mid-March to secure approval for its mobile broadband service or it will lose its contract with Sprint.