Hearing set for FCC nominees; Sen. Grassley firm on threat to block them


"Sen. Grassley hasn't received any materials from the FCC," the spokeswoman said. "He and Sen. Rockefeller talked, and their staffs subsequently met.  Talks are ongoing about how Sen. Rockefeller might help to persuade the FCC to be forthcoming with the materials." 

LightSquared plans to launch a wholesale wireless broadband service, but tests earlier this year revealed its network interferes with Global Positioning System (GPS) devices. The FCC has granted LightSquared a conditional waiver to move forward, but officials have said they will not allow the company to launch its network until the GPS issues are resolved.

Republican lawmakers began calling for an investigation of the company after emails revealed LightSquared had communicated with senior White House aides. The administration also reportedly asked an Air Force general to change his testimony in a congressional briefing to make it more supportive of the company.