Gen. William Shelton, head of the Air Force Space Command told a House committee on Thursday that it might take ten years and billions of dollars to "fix" the situation with LightSquared. I'm not sure why no one cited the "fix" LightSquared shared in a press conference on Wednesday (APB coverage).
FCC Chairmane, expected at the hearing did not appear. Some suggest it had to do with his fast track approval and the new findings detailed below that appeared on Thursday.
Also noteworthy, Fox News is reporting (sourced to Daily Beast) the General was pressured by the White House to support LightSquared. Separately, the Center for Public Integrity reported in an investigative piece about connections between the White House and LightSquared even as CEO Falcone was a donor to the Democratic Party.
- Fox News
LightSquare for its part denies any special favors from administration insiders.
- LightSquared statement (pdf)