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Feds slam LightSquared network plan

Stephen Lawson, IDG News Service | March 30, 2011
Two U.S. agencies closely involved with GPS are calling on the FCC to force a more complete study of potential interference with the navigation system from the planned LightSquared mobile broadband network.

"LightSquared will not be permitted to move forward with service under the waiver until potential interference issues are addressed," Kenny said.

LightSquared said it was sensitive to concerns about interference and would not launch its network until the review was completed to the FCC's satisfaction.

"As part of this effort, we are cooperating with federal agencies, the GPS community and GPS engineers in a transparent and technically accurate testing program to address issues relating to GPS receivers," Executive Vice President for Regulatory Affairs Jeff Carlisle said in a prepared statement. "We are also providing equipment and personnel to the U.S. Air Force's Space Command, NASA and other federal agencies to help them begin their own testing processes."

 

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