Originally published: April 19, 2012
Last updated: April 20, 2012 - 1:20am
The Federal Communications Commission will turn over more documents related to its grant of a waiver to LightSquared for a national wholesale wireless broadband network.
The FCC is in the process of rescinding that waiver over GPS interference issues. "[T]he FCC has indicated we can expect additional documents in the coming weeks," said a House Commerce Committee staffer. The FCC has already turned over some 13,000 pages. Sen Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) has a hold on two nominees for open commission seats and has refused to lift it until he gets access to FCC documents. The FCC would not give the documents to Sen Grassley because he is not the chair of a committee with jurisdiction. The House Commerce Committee has shared the first round of documents with Sen Grassley.
A Grassley aide said that those 13,000 pages were all previously released to others under FOIA requests and the hold stands until he gets more. A second FCC document drop at least provides some hope that the hold might ultimately be lifted. Until then, said the aide speaking on background, "There's nothing new here. Sen. Grassley still wants to receive internal documents before lifting his hold on the nominees."
- FCC: We've Sent 13,000 Pages of LightSquared Documents to Committee
- Sen Grassley hints FCC holds could be lifted
- Chairman Rockefeller suggests FCC's impasse with Sen Grassley could end
- House Commerce Committee: Sen Grassley Gets LightSquared Documents
- LightSquared, Harbinger Won't Turn Over Documents to Sen Grassley
- Sen Grassley refuses to lift hold on FCC nominees despite agency backtracking on LightSquared
- Sen Grassley lifts holds on two FCC nominees
- Sen. Grassley facing pressure from GOP to lift holds on Obama nominees
- Sen Grassley Still Plans to Block FCC Nominees
- Sen Grassley accuses FCC of reneging on offer to meet over LightSquared
- Sen. Grassley Says LightSquared E-mails Smack of Improper Contact
- Sen Grassley might not lift FCC hold even after House investigation
- Sen Grassley Unsatisfied With FCC LightSquared Document Drop
- FCC Rebuffs Grassley On LightSquared
- Sen Grassley Seeks GPS Info