Federal Communications Commission
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Washington, D.C. 20554
Report No. SPB-244
October 10, 2012
FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION INVITES COMMENT ON
LIGHTSQUARED REQUEST FOR RELIEF FROM BUILD-OUT CONDITIONS
IB Docket No. 12-296
Comments/Petitions to Deny Due: November 9, 2012
Oppositions Due: November 19, 2012
Replies Due: November 28, 2012
This Public Notice seeks comment on the request by LightSquared Subsidiary LLC and One Dot Six
Corp. (referred to collectively in this Notice as “LightSquared”) that the Federal Communications
Commission (“Commission”) declare that the build-out milestones in the Harbinger Transfer Order
In March 2010, as part of the Commission’s approval of the acquisition of SkyTerra
Communications, Inc. and its subsidiaries and affiliates (“SkyTerra”) by investment funds managed by
Harbinger Capital Partners (“Harbinger”), the Commission adopted a set of conditions, including one that
required SkyTerra (which Harbinger renamed LightSquared after the acquisition) to meet stringent build-out
and coverage milestones for a network to provide mobile broadband services to the public.3 Another
condition requires LightSquared to provide terrestrial coverage to at least 100 million people in the United
States by December 31, 2012.4 Additional milestones require LightSquared to provide terrestrial coverage to
at least 145 million people in the United States by December 31, 2013, and to at least 260 million people in
the United States by December 31, 2015.5
1 SkyTerra Communications, Inc., Transferor and Harbinger Capital Partners Funds, Transferee
Opinion and Order and Declaratory Ruling, IB Docket No. 08-184, 25 FCC Rcd 3059 (2010) (“Harbinger Transfer
Letter from Jeffrey J. Carlisle, Executive Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Public Policy, LightSquared
Inc., to Marlene H. Dortch, Secretary, FCC, dated September 24, 2012 at 1 (“September 24 Letter
”) (filed as an
attachment to pending requests).
3 Harbinger Transfer Order
at ¶ 72 and Attachment 2.
4 Harbinger Transfer Order
at Attachment 2, ¶ 5.
LightSquared requests a declaration that these milestone conditions no longer apply in light of events
that have transpired since the release of the Harbinger Transfer Order
. LightSquared argues that its ability to
provide terrestrial coverage has been constrained by the need to resolve interference concerns relating to the
operations of Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite services in adjacent frequency bands. In particular,
LightSquared states that its ability to provide terrestrial coverage using an Ancillary Terrestrial Component
(“ATC”) has been rendered uncertain by the Commission’s proposal in February 2012 to suspend indefinitely
or revoke all of the ATC authorizations on which LightSquared’s terrestrial network relies.6 LightSquared
asks for a declaration from the Commission that the build-out milestones in the Harbinger Transfer Order
longer apply, and that LightSquared is relieved of those conditions until the status of LightSquared’s ATC
authorizations is clarified.7
LightSquared’s request is submitted as part of the following applications (collectively, the
Call Sign/Lease ID
This proceeding shall be treated as a “permit-but-disclose” proceeding in accordance with the
Commission’s ex parte
rules.8 Persons making ex parte
presentations must file a copy of any written
presentation or a memorandum summarizing any oral presentation within two business days after the
presentation (unless a different deadline applicable to the Sunshine period applies). Persons making oral ex parte
presentations are reminded that memoranda summarizing the presentation must (1) list all
persons attending or otherwise participating in the meeting at which the ex parte
presentation was made,
6 September 24 Letter
at 3. This proposal is currently pending before the Commission. See also Public Notice:
International Bureau Invites Comment on NTIA Letter Regarding LightSquared Conditional Waiver
, IB Docket No.
11-109, DA 12-214 (rel. February 15, 2012).
7 September 24 Letter
8 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.1200 et seq.
The Commission, or Bureau staff pursuant to delegated authority, may adopt
modified ex parte
procedures in particular proceedings “where the public interest so requires.” 47 C.F.R. §
1.1200(a). We find that designating this proceeding as permit-but-disclose will serve the public interest by
allowing for broader participation and ensuring that the Commission benefits from a comprehensive record.
and (2) summarize all data presented and arguments made during the presentation. If the presentation
consisted in whole or in part of the presentation of data or arguments already reflected in the presenter’s
written comments, memoranda or other filings in the proceeding, the presenter may provide citations to
such data or arguments in his or her prior comments, memoranda, or other filings (specifying the relevant
page and/or paragraph numbers where such data or arguments can be found) in lieu of summarizing them
in the memorandum. Documents shown or given to Commission staff during ex parte
deemed to be written ex parte
presentations and must be filed consistent with rule 1.1206(b). In
proceedings governed by rule 1.49(f) or for which the Commission has made available a method of
electronic filing, written ex parte
presentations and memoranda summarizing oral ex parte
and all attachments thereto, must be filed through the electronic comment filing system available for that
proceeding, and must be filed in their native format (e.g.
, .doc, .xml, .ppt, searchable .pdf). Participants in
this proceeding should familiarize themselves with the Commission’s ex parte
The Applications have been found, upon initial review, to be acceptable for filing. The
Commission reserves the right to return any application if, upon further examination, it is determined to
be defective or not in conformance with the Commission’s rules or policies. Final action on the
Applications will not be taken earlier than thirty-one (31) days following the date of this Public Notice.9
Interested parties must file petitions to deny or comments no later than
November 9, 2012
Responses or oppositions to comments and petitions must be filed no later than
November 19, 2012
Replies to such pleadings must be filed no later than
November 28, 2012
. All filings concerning matters
referenced in this Public Notice should refer to
DA 12-1604, IB Docket No. 12-296,
as well as the
specific file numbers of the individual applications or other matters to which the filings pertain.
To allow the Commission to consider fully all substantive issues regarding the Applications in as
timely and efficient a manner as possible, petitioners and commenters should raise all issues in their initial
filings. New issues may not be raised in responses or replies.10 A party or interested person seeking to
raise a new issue after the pleading cycle has closed must show good cause why it was not possible for it
to have raised the issue previously. Submissions after the pleading cycle has closed that seek to raise new
issues based on new facts or newly discovered facts should be filed within 15 days after such facts are
discovered. Absent such a showing of good cause, any issues not timely raised may be disregarded by the
Submissions in this matter may be filed electronically (i.e
., though ECFS) or by mail.
Electronic Filers:12 Comments may be filed electronically using the Internet by accessing the
. In completing the transmittal screen, filers should include
their full name, U.S. Postal Service mailing address, and the applicable docket number. Parties
also may submit an electronic comment by Internet e-mail.
Paper Filers: Parties who choose to file by paper must file an original and four copies of each
47 U.S.C. § 309(b).
47 C.F.R. §1.45(c).
11 See id.
12 See Electronic Filing of Documents in Rulemaking Proceedings
, GC Docket No. 97-113, Report and Order, 13
FCC Rcd 11322 (1998).
Filings can be sent by hand or messenger delivery, by commercial overnight courier, or by first-
class or overnight U.S. Postal Service mail. All filings must be addressed to the Commission's
Secretary, Office of the Secretary, Federal Communications Commission.
All hand-delivered or messenger-delivered paper filings for the Commission’s Secretary must be
delivered to FCC Headquarters at 445 12th St., SW, Room TW-A325, Washington, DC 20554.
The filing hours are 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. All hand deliveries must be held together with rubber
bands or fasteners. Any envelopes and boxes must be disposed of before entering the building.
Commercial overnight mail (other than U.S. Postal Service Express Mail and Priority Mail) must
be sent to 9300 East Hampton Drive, Capitol Heights, MD 20743.
U.S. Postal Service first-class, Express, and Priority mail should be addressed to 445 12th Street,
S.W., Washington, D.C. 20554.
One copy of each pleading must be delivered electronically, by e-mail or facsimile, or if delivered
as paper copy, by hand or messenger delivery, by commercial overnight courier, or by first-class or
overnight U.S. Postal Service mail (according to the procedures set forth above for paper filings), to the
Commission's duplicating contractor, Best Copy and Printing, Inc., at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (202) 488-
Copies of the Applications and any subsequently-filed documents in this matter may be obtained
from Best Copy and Printing, Inc., in person at 445 12th Street, S.W., Room CY-B402, Washington, D.C.
20554, via telephone at (202) 488-5300, via facsimile at (202) 488-5563, or via e-mail at email@example.com
. The Applications also are available electronically through the Commission’s ECFS,
which may be accessed on the Commission’s Internet website at http://www.fcc.gov
People with Disabilities: To request materials in accessible formats (computer diskette, large
print, audio recording, and Braille) send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
or call the Consumer &
Governmental Affairs Bureau at 202-418-0530 (voice), 202-418-0432 (tty).
For further information, contact:
International Bureau: Gardner Foster, at Gardner.Foster@fcc.gov
or (202) 418-1990;
Office of Engineering and Technology: Ronald Repasi, at Ronald.Repasi@fcc.gov
or (202) 418-0768;
Office of General Counsel: Steven Spaeth, at Steven.Spaeth@fcc.gov
or (202) 418-1539;
Wireless Telecommunications Bureau: Paul Murray, at Paul.Murray@fcc.gov
or (202) 418-0688.
Action by the Chief, International Bureau.