LightSquared Alleges Conflict of Interest in GPS Board
LightSquared is asking NASA Inspector General Paul Martin to investigate the possibility that there is a conflict of interest within the government board overseeing the approval process of LightSquared's network. According to LightSquared, Bradford Parkinson is the vice chairman of the National Space-Based Position, Navigation, and Timing Advisory Board. Parkinson is also a director for Trimble Navigation. Trimble is a manufacturer of GPS equipment and in March 2011 formed the Coalition to Save Our GPS, which opposes LightSquared's Long Term Evolution 4G network plans. LightSquared is accusing Parkinson of violating a federal law regarding conflict of interest as well as ethics regulations. LightSquared needs government approval to runs its network, but has so far failed to earn it based on what it says is interference caused by the GPS industry. LightSquared has until the end of the month to garner FCC approval before a deal it has in place with Sprint expires.
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