Federal Communications Commission
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445 12th St., S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20554
Report No. SPB-245
November 16, 2012
FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION INVITES COMMENT ON
LIGHTSQUARED REQUEST TO MODIFY ITS ATC AUTHORIZATION
IB Docket No. 12-340
Comments/Petitions to Deny Due: December 17, 2012
Oppositions Due: January 4, 2013
Replies Due: January 11, 2013
This Public Notice seeks comment on the request by LightSquared Subsidiary LLC
(“LightSquared”) to modify the Ancillary Terrestrial Component (ATC) authorization associated with its
Mobile Satellite Service (MSS) L-Band licenses. LightSquared states that its proposed modification is
intended to address concerns raised by the GPS industry and others and to allow LightSquared to proceed
with deployment of its proposed broadband network.1
LightSquared has a license for MSS operations specifying the 1525-1544 MHz and 1545-1559
MHz downlink bands and the 1626.5-1645.5 MHz and 1646.5-1660.5 MHz uplink bands.2 LightSquared
also has a conditional authorization for ATC in the same frequency bands.3
In its modification application, LightSquared proposes “permanently relinquishing” its “right to
deploy terrestrial downlink operations at 1545-1555 MHz and permanently relocating those terrestrial
operations instead to 1670-1680 MHz.”4 LightSquared states that doing so will provide GPS receivers with
an additional 10 MHz guardband from terrestrial services and will allow LightSquared to deploy its
broadband network.5 LightSquared states that the 1670-1680 MHz band consists of “1670-1675 MHz, which
1 Modification Application of LightSquared Subsidiary LLC, IBFS File Nos. SAT-MOD-20120928-00160, -00161,
SES-MOD-20121001-00872 (filed Sept. 28, 2012 and Oct. 1, 2012 with identical narrative text) (“Narrative”).
2 SkyTerra Subsidiary LLC Application for Modification Authority for Ancillary Terrestrial Component, Order and
, 25 FCC Rcd. 3043, 3043 (Int’l Bur. 2010) (“Modification Order
3 See International Bureau Invites Comment on NTIA Letter Regarding LightSquared Conditional Waiver
Docket No. 11-109, DA 12-214, Public Notice (Feb. 15, 2012) (providing a brief history of LightSquared’s MSS
and ATC authorizations).
4 Narrative at 11.
5 Narrative at 2.
LightSquared already has authority to use nationwide, and … 1675-1680 MHz, which LightSquared proposes
to share with certain existing government users.”6
LightSquared’s existing ATC authorization is for use of the 1526-1536 MHz downlink band.
LightSquared contemporaneously filed a separate rulemaking petition to revise the rules for operations in this
10 MHz band.7 LightSquared states that it will voluntarily not deploy terrestrially in the 1526-1536 MHz
band during the pendency of that rulemaking proceeding.8 LightSquared also indicates that it contemplates
operating in the 1627.5-1637.5 MHz and 1646.7-1656.7 MHz uplink bands under the parameters of its
current ATC authorization.9
LightSquared argues that the proposed modifications to its ATC authorization will facilitate
deployment of its terrestrial network while providing “GPS receivers an additional 10 MHz guardband from
terrestrial services.”10 LightSquared states that being able to deploy its mobile broadband network will
provide substantial public interest benefits in the form of additional broadband capacity.11
LightSquared’s request is submitted as part of the following applications (collectively, the
This proceeding shall be treated as a “permit-but-disclose” proceeding in accordance with the
Commission’s ex parte
rules.12 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
6 Narrative at 3. LightSquared indicates that it plans to use its uplink bands, 1627.5-1637.5 MHz and 1646.7-1656.7
MHz, under the Commission’s existing authorization terms. Id.
at 4. A Petition for Rulemaking regarding the
1675-1680 MHz allocation has been accepted for filing separately. See Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau
Reference Information Center Petition for Rulemaking Filed
, Report No. 2967, Public Notice (Nov. 9, 2012).
7 Narrative at 2. See Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau Reference Information Center Petition for
, Report No. 2968, Public Notice (Nov. 16, 2012).
8 Narrative at 2.
9 Narrative at 4.
10 Narrative at 2, 10.
11 Narrative at 10.
12 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.
persons attending or otherwise participating in the meeting at which the ex parte
presentation was made,
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.13
Interested parties must file petitions to deny or comments no later than
December 17, 2012
Responses or oppositions to comments and petitions must be filed no later than
January 4, 2013
to such pleadings must be filed no later than
January 11, 2013.
All filings concerning matters referenced
in this Public Notice should refer to
DA 12-1863, IB Docket No. 12-340,
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.14 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:16 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).
15 See id.
16 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 https://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 T. 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 Chiefs, International Bureau, Office of Engineering and Technology, and Wireless