LightSquared's threat of legal action raises questions

A LightSquared spokesman has threatened to launch a legal counteroffensive to assert the company's "legal rights," but it is unclear whom the company would sue and for what it would sue, writes John Sheridan at Aviation International News.

Frustrated by delays caused by opposition to its plan for a nationwide broadband Internet project from the GPS user community, various federal agencies, members of Congress and, reportedly, inside the Federal Communications Commission itself, LightSquared's  Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Public Policy Jeffrey Carlisle said, "If it is impossible to get a decision on this that allows us to go forward, I think our way forward is pretty clear, that we then have to insist on our legal rights. If you have to be the bad guy, and go out and start...insisting on your property line, well, then that’s what we’ll do.”

LightSquared would find it difficult to bring legal action against the FCC, the GPS industry or individual members of the GPS user community; however, if the company is unable to prevent GPS interference, it might sue to be compensated for its loss of income anticipated from the contracts it has already signed with customers for its future services.

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