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Carl Icahn smells blood in LightSquared’s spectrum, descends to feed on its carrion


Oh, the twisted web that continues to weave itself around LightSquared. After incurring a seemingly endless parade of regulatory and industry obstacles, the Philip Falcone-backed network is now facing yet another potential hurdle. Except this time, it’s taken the shape of investor Carl Icahn: a business magnate notorious for swooping in on downtrodden companies (see: Time Warner) and seizing control. And it appears the old man’s pulling out his tried-and-true bag of tricks, securing a sizeable chunk of the fledgling 4G operation’s debt following a value drop last year. What does this spell for Falcone? Well, the move could wind up positioning Icahn as a controlling force, steering the LTE operation away from its hedge fund founder’s vision and into more profitable waters — a welcome turn of events for the cash-strapped company. With FCC approval still pending, Sprint quietly retreating from its partnership deal and a looming fight for executive control, it’s safe to say LightSquared’s troubles have only just begun.

[Image credit: Sarah A. Friedman]

Carl Icahn smells blood in LightSquared’s spectrum, descends to feed on its carrion originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 20 Jan 2012 16:23:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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