Grassley Continues to
Pursue Information on LightSquared
October 10, 2011
Chuck Grassley of Iowa continues to seek answers regarding the Federal
Communications Commission (FCC) and its dealings with the firm,
LightSquared. This week, Grassley wrote separate letters to the top
investor in and the chief executive of the company, seeking materials
that would shed light on why the agency has allowed the company to
advance wireless broadband plans, despite serious concerns of technical
interference with the GPS systems used widely in military, aviation and
emergency response venues. So far, the agency has refused to provide the
public with insight into its approval process so far.
“The public’s business ought to be public,” Grassley said.
In related news, LightSquared and
ESCO Technologies have signed a wholesale agreement that will enable
CareConnect to deliver high-speed mobile data services to its customers.
The senior population in the United States is growing dramatically and
is very active, mobile and increasingly technology-savvy. CareConnect is
addressing these trends by providing next-generation services and
products, including emergency response systems, telephone systems, fixed
high-speed Internet access and satellite television services to senior
housing facilities throughout the country.
Operating on LightSquared’s nationwide network, CareConnect will be able
to deploy the most advanced wireless services available. Residents in
CareConnect-supported communities will be able to access and manage
their daily schedules, receive community updates, access the Web, video
chat with family and friends and run other applications while using the
latest mobile devices.
“The senior population in the U.S. is growing, and their need for
advanced communications, information and entertainment is also growing,”
said Jerry Grove, President of ESCO Technologies/CareConnect. “By
partnering with LightSquared, we gain access to a great network that
enables us to quickly and cost-effectively deploy new mobile services on
the latest devices.”
selected LightSquared because of its world-class 4G LTE network, open
interfaces, wholesale-only model, and attractive economics,” added Chris
Lutts, Vice- President, Networks and Operations at ESCO Technologies.
“LightSquared is a critical component of our mobile broadband strategy.”
“This is a great example of LightSquared positively impacting a rapidly
growing demographic of the U.S. population,” said Sanjiv Ahuja, Chairman
and Chief Executive Officer of LightSquared. “LightSquared’s
wholesale-only business model, which delivers wireless connectivity at
extremely competitive rates with no retail competition with our
wholesale partners, will enable CareConnect to extend their
state-of-the-art telecommunications services to a more active senior
citizen community. We’re proud to work with one of the most respected
companies serving this market.”