Lightsquared On The Move!

Wow. I barely got done telling you a bit about Lightsquared when they make the news again. PC Mag reports that during the CITA wireless show, the company ran a show and tell. People got to see their mobile internet device, and heard about the deals they’ve signed with Best Buy and Cricket.  It seems like Lightsquared’s idea of setting up their hybrid network and selling wholesale access to it is starting to catch on quickly.

It’s also upsetting some companies just as fast. Lightsquared got a conditional waiver from the FCC. They want their land based network to have stronger signals. This has induced a sort of panic in some other companies. I don’t know if it’s based in actual fact, or simply the thought of losing ground/not raking in the money themselves. Several companies have formed a group with the panicky, desperate-sounding name: “Coalition To Save Our GPS”. Their website: 

 All of the pro-GPS articles I’ve read today sound downright hysterical. People are howling about “political favors” being given out, rules being “broken”, ( ) and the complete “unfairness” of an unproven technology being granted government approval. After all, it might mess with GPS systems and have disasterous consequences! ( )

So says the people whose profits are tied to GPS, at any rate. And they’re completely objective, so we should trust them. At least, they huff angrily, they’re more objective than Lightsquared, who’s only out to make money.

They are carrying on as if no one has ever seen government work like this! Perhaps they’ve never seen it work against them.

As an American citizen, not a millionaire CEO, I can tell you that deals, favors, and broken rules happen every day in this government. They usually work out in favor of large, wealthy companies, not smaller upstarts with radical ideas like Lightsquared. (btw, I was wondering how Lightsquared got ahold of some of the airspace they have. They bought out another small company called SkyTerra. )

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Who is Lightsquared?

Unlimited data access. AT&T spanks their customers for using it. And for complaing about it.  Consumers are beginning to see unlimited data as a right. Information is a new currency, and mobile access is reversing some portions of the digital divide.   It’s not just about wasting time watching movies or playing Angry Birds. . Our phones provide a link to breaking news, often before mainstream media responds. Twitter became a lifeline when Japan flooded. Text messaging is now a common way to donate money for causes.

We take care of our own needs, but also do a lot of good with our data. And, regardless of what cell companies think, that’s how we see it. This is OUR data. We hunt it down, mash it up, post it, and pass it on. Sharing data is a bonding experience that helps create culture. CEOs call us “bandwidth hogs” in need of re-education They claim it’s just too expensive to keep up with the “heavy users” among us.

One company wants to change that. They understand that the demand for data is natural, and it’s the job of the provider to keep up. They also know how far behind the U.S is in comparison to the rest of the world.

That company? Lightsquared.

Learn more at their website:

Here’s an introduction from their CEO, Sanjiv Ahuja