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LightSquared Seeks Investigation of Report on Government Testing

December 15, 2011

Dec. 12 (Bloomberg) -- LightSquared Inc. is calling for a government investigation into what it calls a leak of test results that indicated its planned wireless service caused interference with global-positioning system receivers.

Results from testing conducted Oct. 31 to Nov. 4 indicated that LightSquared’s service caused interference with 75 percent of GPS receivers, Bloomberg News reported Dec. 9.

“The information leaked on Friday, December 9, 2011 was preliminary, incomplete and did not represent the full findings from the test results,” LightSquared Chief Executive Officer Sanjiv Ahuja said in a letter to officials at the U.S. Department of Defense and the Department of Transportation. “We also ask that the Departments of Defense and Transportation refer this matter for an immediate investigation to determine the circumstances of this leak.”

LightSquared also said it disagrees with the results. The company is backed by $3 billion from Philip Falcone’s Harbinger Capital Partners hedge fund.

Bloomberg stands by its reporting, said Ty Trippet, a spokesman for New York-based Bloomberg LP, parent of Bloomberg News.

To contact the reporter on this story: Adam Satariano in San Francisco at asatariano1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Tom Giles at tgiles5@bloomberg.net


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