shrug-l: LightSquareds Status
C. Henry Depew
sisu26 at nettally.com
Wed Feb 15 17:50:31 EST 2012
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The following article was written by Glen Gibbons and posted in GNSS
on Wednesday February 15, 2012.
NTIA and FCC Agree: No Practical Way to Fix LightSquareds GPS
The GPS community received a Valentines Day message from U.S.
regulators today (Feburary 14, 2012): there is no practical way to
mitigate potential interference posed by terrestrial transmissions
from LightSquareds proposed wireless broadband network.
In a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius
Genechowski, National Telecommunications and Information
Administration (NTIA) head Lawrence Strickling said his agencys
independent evaluation of tests and analysis over the last several
months led to this conclusion.
Moreover, while GPS equipment developers may be able to mitigate
these issues via new technology in the future, Strickling added, the
time and money required for federal, commercial, and private sectors
users to replace their equipment cannot support the scheduled
deployment of terrestrial services proposed by LightSquared.
Late in the afternoon, the FCC stated that it would move to vacate
its conditional permission for LightSquared to roll out an
all-terrestrial wireless broadband system. The agency said it will
begin a public process to discuss the NTIAs conclusions and its
intention to prevent LightSquared from proceeding with its plan.
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