FCC Fines Companies for Radio Location Spectrum Misuse

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The FCC has fined AirTel, LLC and IOU Acquisitions, Inc. $327,290 and $207,290 respectively, for providing unlicensed wireless broadband-based GPS services while claiming to provide radar-based location services.  Air-Tel and IOU hold authorizations to provide Radiolocation Services in the 3300-3650 MHz band, but the two companies instead offered wireless broadband-based GPS services, which rely on satellite communications and wireless broadband, not radiolocation.  Air-Tel and IOU altered wireless equipment settings to support this unauthorized service and to operate outside the authorized frequency bands allowed for the equipment.

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