As mobile services become increasingly ubiquitous, wireless networks’ ability to reach our devices become preeminent. The invisible real estate that allows our phones to be mobile is called spectrum — namely radio and microwave frequencies. However, there’s one problem: spectrum, like land, is finite, and various stakeholders occupy the most…

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA or Act) is here and, yes, it includes language concerning Ligado Networks’(Ligado) operations in L-Band. Here’s the good news: the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s or Commission’s) Ligado Order that modifies Ligado’s FCC license to deploy Internet of things (IoT) services is virtually unaffected. However…

By Joel L. Thayer, Esq.

Recently, a group of senators led by Senator Jim Inhofe, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, sent a letter[1] to Federal Communications Commission (FCC or “Commission”) Chairman, Ajit Pai, that expressed their discontent with the FCC’s decision to grant Ligado’s long-standing application to modify…

In her highly acclaimed song “Ironic,” Alanis Morissette listed off a litany of unfortunate events. Although most of the scenarios she lists are more coincidence than irony, some of the more apt examples range from a 98-year-old man dying the day after winning the lottery on his birthday to a…

Joel Lauren Thayer

Telecom & Tech Attorney for Phillips Lytle, LLP. Views expressed here are my own.

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