It’s Official, LightSquared Would Significantly Interfere with GPS

A key federal committee charged with testing the LightSquared network, recently said there would be significant interference with GPS (global positioning systems) from the mobile broadband carrier. It was unanimously determined that none of LightSquared’s proposals to combat GPS interference would work.

Here is the statement from the National Space-Based Positioning, Navigation and Timing Executive Committee: “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.”

There has been much discussion within Farm Bureau, its members and the agriculture public about the LightSquared proposal. And, the American Farm Bureau Federation told Congress last fall that any costs for resolving this issue should not be passed along to farmers and ranchers through higher GPS or equipment costs.

Sprint has extended LightSquared’s deadlines for FCC approval and they’re hoping for a more favorable report. What do you think? Is LightSquared hoping for the impossible?

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