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SkyTerra Requests Stimulus Funds to Develop New Service

SkyTerra, a leading North American developer and supplier of mobile satellite services (MSS) confirmed this week it has filed for Broadband Stimulus funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

SkyTerra holds licenses for approximately 30 MHz of frequencies in the 1.5-1.6 GHz band and is working to use that spectrum to provide seamless wireless services using satellites and a patented ancillary terrestrial component (ATC).

In its filing SkyTerra proposed the development of dual-mode broadband satellite and 700 MHz terrestrial devices for the public safety community. Motorola has expressed support for broadband stimulus filing, but it is not acting as a co-applicant nor has it been selected as a vendor to SkyTerra.

"Motorola believes such satellite access could be an important element to supplement terrestrial coverage, especially in rural areas where public safety broadband terrestrial build out may be less practical than in more populated areas," said Rick Neal, Motorola's vice president of business development,

Alexander H. Good, CEO of SkyTerra said that he was pleased with Motorola's support of the initiative.

For more information on the filing, see SkyTerra Intends to File for Broadband Stimulus Funds to Enable Dual-Mode Wireless Devices for Public Safety Use.

Doug Lung is one of America's foremost authorities on broadcast RF technology. He has been with NBC since 1985 and is currently vice president of broadcast technology for NBC/Telemundo stations.