LightSquared Update 3/3/11
Representatives of a wide variety of industries and companies have formed an ad hoc “Coalition to Save Our GPS.” The group (website under development, white paper [pdf] with contacts from a law firm and a PR firm) encourages the FCC to ensure GPS will continue to work despite concerns about the impact of LightSquared network. The group wants these remedies from the FCC:
1. The FCC must make clear that LightSquared’s license modification is contingent on the outcome of the mandated study. That study must be overseen by a strong neutral observer, not by an interested party.
2. The FCC should make clear that LightSquared and their investors should not proceed to make any investment in operating facilities prior to a final FCC decision.
3. Further, the FCC’s finding that “harmful interference concerns have been resolved” must mean “resolved to the satisfaction of preexisting GPS providers and users.”
4. Resolution of interference has to be the obligation of LightSquared, not the extensive GPS user community of millions of citizens. LightSquared must bear the costs of preventing interference emanating from their devices—GPS users or providers should not have to bear any of the consequences of LightSquared’s actions.
5. This is a matter of critical national interest. There must be a reasonable opportunity for public comment of at least 45 days on the report produced by the working group and further FCC actions on the LightSquared modification order should take place with the approval of a majority of the commissioners, not at the bureau level.
ASPRS (pdf) filed Applications for Review on the matter with the FCC as did U.S. GPS Industry Council (USGIC), Lockheed Martin Corporation, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), and Aviation Spectrum Resources, Inc. (ASRI).
MAPPS (pdf) sent a letter to the chairman of the FCC:
MAPPS respectfully suggests the LightSquared application should not receive expedited treatment. Instead, the commission should terminate review of this application and incorporate it within the current MSS Broadband NPRM/ROI ET Docket No. 10-142 in order to provide adequate opportunity for public comment and openly reviewed analyses.