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EATEL Becomes First Local Exchange Carrier to Partner with LightSquared

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RESTON, Va. and GONZALES, Calif., November 28, 2011 – LightSquared™, a wholesale carrier building a nationwide wireless broadband network that will create consumer choice and drive industry innovation, and EATEL, a privately owned communications company based in Gonzales, Louisiana, announced that they have entered a wholesale agreement today that will allow EATEL to offer its subscribers high-speed wireless data and voice services using LightSquared’s nationwide 4G-LTE network.

This agreement will allow EATEL, an Incumbent Local Exchange Carrier (ILEC), to provide its customers with a world-class wireless broadband service that competes on price and quality with any wireless carrier in the nation. LightSquared is the only company in the country that offers its wholesale customers the ability to offer customers a network that is integrated with coast-to-coast satellite coverage.

EATEL, founded in 1935, is the incumbent local phone carrier in the Ascension and Livingston Parishes of Louisiana where it provides innovative products including high-speed Internet, phone and television service over a fiber-to-the home (FTTH) network. With LightSquared, EATEL will be able to offer its growing customer base world-class wireless service that will enable EATEL to build on its long heritage of providing local communities with cutting-edge connectivity.

“LightSquared’s network not only allows EATEL to offer our existing customers wireless broadband services, it also gives us a critical competitive advantage as we expand our services into new markets,” said John D. Scanlan, EATEL president. Arthur “Smokey” Scanlan, EATEL’s chief executive officer, added “LightSquared’s unique ability to offer both broadband and satellite connectivity over the same device will be a breakthrough product for our customers.’’

With this agreement, EATEL becomes the first ILEC to sign on to LightSquared’s network. “EATEL is exactly the type of company that LightSquared is building its wholesale network to serve,” said Sanjiv Ahuja, chairman and chief executive officer of LightSquared. “We believe EATEL and the many other ILECs around the country provide critical and valuable communications services to their communities, and their customers deserve the benefits including ubiquitous connectivity and lower prices enabled by partnering with LightSquared.”

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