So it has come to this. LightSquared officers want the FCC to investigate Brad Parkinson.
Senator Joe McCarthy is not a good look for them.
A young attorney of my acquaintance, who also happens to be a contributing editor to this magazine, wrote me in this regard:
“Lawyers have an old saying — when you don’t have the law on your side, pound on the facts; when you don’t have the facts on your side, pound on the law; and when you don’t have either, pound on the table.”
It appears that LightSquared has run out of technical solutions that it has variably proposed, without coming up with any to solve interference with the full range of GPS uses and users, and is now reduced to complaints about process. Engineering was never its strong suit, and there are many cautionary lessons to be learned from its near-run at GPS demolition. Financiers and lawyers can bring a whole heap of spectrum danger with just a little knowledge.
In coverage of this issue over the past year, I have tried to keep the magazine and its various newsletters away from the posturing and saber-rattling on both sides, the stock-market speculations and the wireless industry tea-leaves reading, and stick instead to the facts: test results, official statements by government agencies, and so on. You gentle readers have plenty of other outlets for hyperbole and flights of imagination that you can go to for that sort of thing, and it’s never in short supply. I hope we have served you well.