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Harbinger-Backed LightSquared Has Apparently Been Helping The Irene Relief Efforts

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This comes as a bit of a surprise as we were under the impression LightSquared was still in the testing/trying to prove it's not going to cause "devastating interference," sink a battleship, kill some people/working out the kinks phase. Still, it's wonderful to hear regardless, not just since it's nice thing to do but because it suggests this thing might actually work, and Wilbur Falcone may not have to start asking for his old shift at Rick's Cabaret just to put food on the table.

Hedge fund manager Philip Falcone’s new 4G-LTE wireless broadband and satellite venture LightSquared is doing its part to assist in the Hurricane Irene relief effort. LightSquared and mobile satellite communications provider Inmarsat announced Monday they have joined forces to provide their respective emergency services customers with satellite communications to support their Hurricane Irene relief efforts.

LightSquared provides satellite devices and services to several hundred thousand customers, including public safety agencies at the federal, state and local level. LightSquared’s Emergency Rapid Response Teams deployed to Maryland, Delaware and Virginia this past weekend to support Hurricane Irene relief efforts.