[aprssig] Latest on Lightsquared vs GPS: U.S. House Committee Vote Stalls FCC Approval of LightSquared Broadband

Stephen H. Smith wa8lmf2 at aol.com
Thu Jun 30 13:04:09 EDT 2011

 From Eweek.com:

  U.S. House Committee Vote Stalls FCC Approval of LightSquared Broadband

    News Analysis: The U.S House Appropriations Committee votes to block the
    FCC from approving LightSquared's plan for wireless broadband Internet
    services after multiple federal agencies voice fierce opposition because of
    interference with GPS navigation systems.

The powerful U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee voted June 
23 to insert language into a spending bill that would block the Federal 
Communications Commission from spending any money approving LightSquared’s plan 
to launch a controversial Long-Term Evolution broadband system until concerns 
about interference with GPS signals are resolved.

If the entire spending measure is ultimately approved by the House and Senate 
and then signed into law, the FCC is effectively barred from any further 
consideration of LightSquared’s plan since even meeting to discuss the plan 
spends federal funds through employee salaries. In short, until LightSquared 
comes up with a plan that completely protects all existing GPS navigation 
devices from any interference, the company cannot operate its satellite-based 
broadband service.

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