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The battle over LightSquared’s proposed wholesale network offering is as critical as it is contentious. Increased competition in the commercial wireless sector and the ability of GPS devices to function properly hang in the balance — as do the billions of dollars that have been invested in LightSquared thus far. But it also could be the lynchpin that forces a thorough and long-overdue examination of the federal government’s approach to spectrum policy.
It would be one thing to wander aimlessly in search of a restaurant should the navigation application on my smartphone fail, and quite another if I were to develop Alzheimer’s and my alert/locator device fail because the GPS wasn’t working.