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Expert Advice: Thank Your Lucky Stars

March 1, 2012By

In my 20-plus years of involvement in the GPS/GNSS industry, nothing has come close to the LightSquared debate for technical and political complexity, nor for potential effects on nearly every high-precision GPS/GNSS user in the United States. The industry’s destiny is somewhat controlled by a federal agency that is not very knowledgeable about how, when, and where GPS is used — although I’m sure they’ve learned a lot in the last 14 months. read more

FCC Begins GPS Receiver Design Discussions with Workshop

February 28, 2012By

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Office of Engineering and Technology will host a workshop on spectrum efficiency and receivers on Monday, March 12, and Tuesday, March 13, in the Commission Meeting Room at FCC Headquarters in Washington, D.C. The meeting is part of the FCC’s efforts to enhance the use of spectrum for mobile broadband — including LightSquared — and... read more

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LightSquared Snuffed by NITA, FCC

February 16, 2012By

The more than year-long battle between wireless start-up LightSquared and the GPS industry peaked earlier this week when the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), tasked by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to study the potential interference problem between LightSquared’s mobile wireless proposal and GPS receivers, issued a statement and report with the following conclusion: “The federal agencies and LightSquared... read more

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NTIA Thumbs Down LightSquared; FCC Concurs

February 15, 2012By

“We conclude that LightSquared’s proposed mobile broadband network will impact GPS services and that there is no practical way to mitigate the potential interference at this time.” These words from Lawrence Strickling (right), U.S. assistant secretary for communications and information and head of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), appear to signal the end of LightSquared’s run. Strickling’s letter... read more

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The System: U.S. DoD, DoT Tell FCC No LightSquared

February 1, 2012By

Ashton Carter, U.S. deputy secretary for Defense, and John Porcari, deputy secretary for Transportation, have written an official letter to the assistant secretary of Commerce stating that “there appear to be no practical solutions or mitigations that would permit the LightSquared broadband service.” Carter and Porcari are co-chairs of the National Executive Committee for Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing. This... read more

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FCC Asks If You and GPS Should Be Protected from Interference

January 30, 2012By

“We invite comment on LightSquared’s petition, and establish a pleading cycle.” Thus spake the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), groping for a way forward in the ongoing LightSquared/GPS conflict. The FCC has opened an Internet docket for public comment on the LightSquared position that GPS users and receivers “do not merit legal protection from interference” created by LightSquared. The FCC asks... read more

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Expert Advice: MSS Misinformation, and Ten Truths

December 1, 2011By

LightSquared is currently conducting a public campaign intended to persuade federal regulators to approve a nationwide broadband service that would be detrimental to users and applications that depend on GPS. The campaign relies on misinformation, revisionist history, half-truths, and clear misstatements of fact. To understand the effort to convince regulators and legislators that the experts are wrong, one must consider 10 basic truths. read more

Out in Front: A Pawn in Their Game

August 1, 2011By

Maybe we got played. But we put up a good fight. We really had no option to do anything but fight. So we did, and we’re still fighting the LightSquared attack on the GPS signal. It’s not over yet, not by a long shot. Suspicions now creep in that the attack may have been a feint, that the company never really intended to do what it threatened: broadcast a very powerful signal from ground towers, on a frequency immediately adjacent to the GPS signal. LightSquared had its eye on another prize instead. read more

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