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DOT and FAA Attack LightSquared

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Feb 8, 2012, 5:32 PM   by Eric M. Zeman
updated Feb 8, 2012, 5:40 PM

Transportation Department Deputy Secretary John Porcari met with members of congress today with a proposal that would ban any service that interferes with the nation's GPS systems. Porcari said that the DOT would with the National Telecommunications Industry Associate to create the necessary regulations and the ability to police the airwaves in question. "It would let operators know in advance which uses in adjacent bands would and would not be compatible with GPS," he said. "GPS was put in a quiet piece of spectrum on purpose because it fundamentally needs to have quiet neighbors." LightSquared's proposed LTE 4G network has been shown to interfere with GPS signals. LightSquared is still seeking government approval to run its network. Separately, representatives from the aviation industry also met with congress and said LightSquared would have "ruinous effects" on aviation because of signal interference. Thomas Hendricks, senior vice president at Airlines for America, said today, "This matter needs to be put to rest."

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Feb 8, 2012, 5:56 PM

Put a fork in LightSquared...

Cause they're done.

The FAA is completly full of S*** anyways with their ridiculous regulations. LightSquared is done ☹️
Harbringer had to devalue it's LS holdings recently.

Feb 11, 2012, 7:01 PM

DOT and FAA?

"Hey, look Mr Congressman. We paid you guys off years ago to let us get away with using the wrong spectrum. So make sure you get this "fixed" so we don't have to spend billions repairing something we broke. Oh and here's a lil' something for you and the wife Mr Congressman".

"GPS was put in a quiet piece of spectrum on purpose because it fundamentally needs to have quiet neighbors."

Let me translate that...

"We've been quiet about using these spectrum's neighbors because fundamentally it's illegal".
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