LightSquared to Face Congressional Science Committee Hearing

Aug. 30 (Bloomberg) -- Philip Falcone’s proposed LightSquared wireless service faces a hearing Sept. 8 before the U.S. House Science, Space and Technology Committee, the panel announced today.

Witnesses at the hearing, entitled “Impacts of the LightSquared Network on Federal Science Activities,” are to include officials from the Transportation Department and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, according to a notice from the committee distributed by e-mail.

LightSquared is seeking regulators’ approval to build a $15 billion wholesale network of 40,000 base stations using airwaves previously reserved mainly for satellites. Makers and users of global-positioning system devices, which rely on satellite signals, say LightSquared would disrupt navigation equipment on aircraft, boats, tractors and automobiles.

The Federal Communications Commission is considering Reston, Virginia-based LightSquared’s proposal.

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