All Points Blog
Our Opinion, Your Views of All Things Location

  • HOME

    About Us


    Contact Us

    Follow Us

    Feed  Twitter 


    All Points Blog

    Catching geospatial news that others miss. Delivered daily.

    Preview Newsletter | Archive

    << June 2011 >>
    S M T W T F S
          1 2 3 4
    5 6 7 8 9 10 11
    12 13 14 15 16 17 18
    19 20 21 22 23 24 25
    26 27 28 29 30    

Friday, June 10, 2011

LIghtSquared Update 6/10/11

The titles of news articles say it all: 

Uh oh, LightSquared's network is screwing with GPS

New LightSquared Setback

The news is not good. SaveOurGPS (the group fighting LightSquared) put out a press release where Jim Kirkland, Vice President and General Counsel of Trimble, reviewed results of testing and suggest the FCC work to find Lightsquared some new specturm to use. Kirkland a founding member of SaveOurGPS.ortg, spoke at the National Space-Based PNT Advisory Board.

"The test data discussed today makes clear that there is substantial interference to GPS if LightSquared turns on high-powered terrestrial facilities in the spectrum next door to GPS. The data confirm what the industry told the FCC before it granted the waiver, and also confirms that there is no viable technical fix.  It's time for the FCC to stop squandering resources trying to find a solution to an unfixable problem. Instead, it should focus its efforts on finding spectrum that LightSquared can operate in -- where LightSquared won't interfere with GPS."

The tests in question were overseen by the National PNT Engineering Forum, a federal advisory group of engineers. Deane Bunce, co-chair, reviewed the results onThursday, explaining some devices lost signal strength while others were knocked out completely.
These findings come a week before the official working group reported expected June 15. Safe to say, it does not look good for LightSquared.

- Wall Street Journal
by Adena Schutzberg on 06/10 at 04:32 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

More from Directions Magazine

All Points Blog Newsletter

Catching geospatial news that others miss. Delivered daily.

Preview Newsletter | Archive


Feed  Twitter 

Recent Comments

Publications: Directions Magazine | Directions Magazine India
Conferences: Location Intelligence Conference | .Map Conference | GEO Huntsville
© 2014 Directions Media. All Rights Reserved