Final Report of FCC Working Group: Lose LightSquared from L-Band

July 6, 2011By

“Based on the analysis performed, LightSquared should not be permitted to use the L-Band spectrum for a densely-deployed, non-integrated terrestrial-only network. Such a network would cause unacceptable interference to GPS operations, wiping out an installed base of over 500 million units used in a wide array of public safety, aviation, industrial and consumer applications. While mitigation techniques utilizing filters were discussed in theory, they could not be tested as part of the WG effort because filters do not exist, even in prototypes. No information considered by the WG demonstrated that any mitigation techniques — other than relocation of the proposed terrestrial network to an alternative band — would be successful.” (From the U.S. GPS Industry Council's overview of the WG report) read more

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Letters to the Editor: LightSquared Satellite Case Skimpy

July 1, 2011By

Thank you for the story “LightSquared, FCC Rebuttals Distort Record” (see www.gpsworld.com/distort). One thing worth clarifying: you state, “It appears that the purpose of Lightsquared’s satellite service is, now, to provide ancillary service in remote areas not covered by the ubiquitous primary terrestrial network, or in the event that the terrestrial network is destroyed — exactly the opposite of what the FCC authorized and the GPS industry had understood and agreed to.” read more

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The System: Third Report by LightSquared/GPS Technical Working Group

June 1, 2011By

Plus: Locata as Alternative PNT, Indian SBAS, Galileo Launch Slow but steady progress of the Working Group (WG) convened by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to study the GPS overload/desensitization issue is related in the group’s Third [monthly] Pogress Report, filed with the FCC on May 16. For the third consecutive time, the report contains little in terms of actual... read more

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The System: Test Data Predicts Disastrous GPS Jamming by FCC-Authorized Broadcaster

March 1, 2011By

Representatives of the GPS industry presented to members of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) laboratory evidence of interference with the GPS signal by a proposed new broadcaster on January 19 of this year. The meeting and subsequent filing did not dissuade FCC International Bureau Chief Mindel De La Torre from authorizing Lightquared to proceed with ancillary terrestrial component operations, installing... read more

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The System: FCC Asked to Authorize Potential Interferer

February 1, 2011By

In November, December, and January, a regulatory drama with high potential impact on the GPS signal and domestic U.S. GPS users began unfolding before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). As this magazine goes to press on January 24, the issue remains far from resolved, although hearings and far-reaching decisions may have transpired by mid-February. A company called LightSquared applied to... read more

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