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Board Says LightSquared's Network 'Would Cause Harm'

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Jan 13, 2012, 7:09 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

LightSquared's proposed LTE 4G network "would cause harmful inference to many GPS receivers," said the Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing national executive committee in a letter addressed to the Commerce Department. The conclusion was drawn after two rounds of testing conducted over the course of the last year by the U.S. government, and a separate round of testing by the Federal Aviation Administration. "Based upon this testing and analysis, there appear to be no practical solutions or mitigations that would permit the LightSquared broadband service, as proposed, to operate in the next few months or years without significantly interfering with GPS," the group said in the letter. The advisory board has no legal standing to block LightSquared's network from operating, but the results would be weighed heavily by the Federal Communications Commission and other law-making agencies. LightSquared accused the board of ethics violations and bias, claiming board members are too close to the GPS industry to make fair decisions. LightSquared has signed wholesale agreements with dozens of companies, including Sprint, that hope to re-sell LightSquared's LTE 4G mobile broadband to their own customers.

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Jan 14, 2012, 11:50 AM

I guess no one cares that LightSquared is in the right...

We keep getting these expert opinions on how LightSquared will cause harm to current GPS technology, but everyone is forgetting it's the fault of the GPS industry. It's the current GPS companies that decided that they would use the incorrect spectrum blocks and now that someone else is trying to use the blocks that they actually PAID for, they want to cry to the government to fix it. I hope LS sues the %^&* out of everyone of these companies who is using the wrong spectrum blocks. Then they need to sue the FCC for allowing this to happen and taking the side of an industry putting money in its pockets. Fascist government at its worst here.
you may be right. the flip side of the coin is that LS gambled that they could make their frequencies work without interfering with GSP L bands and they failed. they cannot make it work safely when they said they could modify it to make it work wit...
planethulk said:
We keep getting these expert opinions on how LightSquared will cause harm to current GPS technology...

Listen to the experts. They know what they are talking about. You obviously do not.

GPS is a weak signal mode. It was here first. While I haven't looked at the test data and personally validated it, i'll assume there's not some out of control conspiracy theory at stake, and there is truth to the results of the report.

Ask any a...

Jan 13, 2012, 9:13 PM

Good thing those idiots at Sprint have extra PCS spectrum in the G block

Hell I didnt even know there was a G block. Go figure. Anyway Sprint will be fine with their LTE deployment without LightSquared. They can always refarm and they don't have that many customers anyway
Sprint fine without Lightsquare? Building a nationwide LTE network is not cheap. That's why Sprint wants a partner.
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