Monday, August 24, 2009

Broadband Stimulus Round I Applicants: SkyTerra Confirms its filing on August 18, 2009, for broadband stimulus funds.

SkyTerra Press Release via 08/24/09 Reston, Va. - SkyTerra today confirmed its filing on August 18, 2009, for broadband stimulus funds.

The filing by SkyTerra Safety Access LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of SkyTerra (OTCBB: SKYT) is with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) for stimulus funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

SkyTerra’s filing applied for funds from the NTIA’s Sustainable Adoption Program, part of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Stimulus Program, which seeks to provide funds that will increase broadband adoption in the United States. SkyTerra’s application will focus on increasing broadband adoption by the public safety community.

Included in the filing is a letter from Motorola, Inc. (NYSE:MOT) expressing support for broadband stimulus funding. As noted within Motorola's exparte comments filed with the FCC on August 5 regarding 700 MHz public safety broadband recommendations, the company supports the establishment of provisions for optional ancillary satellite use. SkyTerra’s proposal to develop dual mode broadband satellite and 700 MHz terrestrial devices for the public safety community potentially enables a significant acceleration of broadband device availability.

While Motorola is not acting as a co-applicant, and has not been selected as a vendor to SkyTerra, Motorola expressed support for stimulus funding for this strategic area in a letter submitted with the SkyTerra application. "Motorola believes such satellite access could be an important element to supplement terrestrial coverage, especially in rural areas where public safety broadband terrestrial build out may be less practical than in more populated areas," said Rick Neal, Motorola vice president of business development.

“We are pleased to have Motorola support this important initiative, designed to help the public safety community communicate effectively during times of crisis,” said Alexander H. Good, chief executive officer of SkyTerra.

For further information on the SkyTerra filing, please see the SkyTerra press release dated August 18, 2009.

SkyTerra Communications, Inc. (OTCBB: SKYT) owns 100% of SkyTerra LP. SkyTerra LP and SkyTerra (Canada), Inc. jointly operate the MSAT satellites and telecommunications network.

About SkyTerra Communications (
SkyTerra Communications (OTCBB: SKYT) delivers mobile wireless voice and data services primarily for public safety, security, fleet management and asset tracking in the U.S. and Canada. The company’s next-generation integrated satellite-terrestrial communications network is expected to provide seamless, transparent and ubiquitous wireless coverage of the United States and Canada to conventional handsets. When completed, the network will support communications in a variety of market segments, including public safety, homeland security, aviation, transportation and entertainment, by providing a platform for interoperable, user-friendly and feature-rich voice and high-speed data services.

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