YOUR government knows best...well proof that the government does NOT know best if you
have been listening or reading what Lightsquared attempted and received. Glad some stood
up and questioned what they were doing, besides what it could effect besides all military, air line,
marine, to private GPS tracking systems, basically any of the GPS operating systems in the world.
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Lightsquared claims answer to GPS issues
Wireless start-up LightSquared claimed Wednesday to have found a solution that will prevent its network from interfering with Global Positioning System (GPS) devices, even especially sensitive precision devices.
Martin Harriman, LightSquared's executive vice president of ecosystem development and satellite business, said the fix is affordable and "relatively simple."
The company plans to test a batch of prototypes alongside additional tests required by the Federal Communications Commission.
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Malkin: LightSquared - Obama's Dangerous Broadband Boondoggle
By Michelle Malkin September 21, 2011 6:35 am
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If you thought the half-billion-dollar, stimulus-funded Solyndra solar company bust was a taxpayer nightmare, just wait. If you thought the botched Fast and Furious border gun-smuggling surveillance operation was a national security nightmare, hold on. Right on the heels of those two blood-boilers comes yet another alleged pay-for-play racket from the most ethical administration ever.
Welcome to LightSquared. It's a toxic mix of venture socialism (to borrow GOP Sen. Jim DeMint's apt phrase), campaign finance influence-peddling and perilous corner-cutting all rolled into one.
The company is building "a state-of-the-art open wireless broadband network." Competition in the industry is a good thing, of course. But military, government and civilian aviation experts have long objected to LightSquared's potential to interfere with the Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite network. As the government's own Positioning, Navigation and Timing agency explained:
"The GPS community is concerned because testing has shown that LightSquared's ground-based transmissions overpower the relatively weak GPS signal from space. Although LightSquared will operate in its own radio band, that band is so close to the GPS signals that most GPS devices pick up the stronger LightSquared signal and become overloaded or jammed."
Two high-ranking witnesses -- Air Force Space Command four-star Gen. William Shelton and National Coordination Office for Space-Based Positioning, Navigation and Timing Director Anthony Russo -- have now blown the whistle on how the White House pressured them to alter their congressional testimony and play down concerns about LightSquared's threat to military communications. According to Eli Lake of The Daily Beast, both officials were urged to express confidence in the company and endorse its promise to address any technical concerns "within 90 days."
Gen. Shelton had noted earlier this year: "Within three to five miles on the ground and within 12 miles in the air, GPS is jammed by (LightSquared's) towers. ... If we allow that system to be fielded and it does indeed jam GPS, think about the impact. We're hopeful we can find a solution, but physics being physics, we don't see a solution right now."
Despite industry-wide protests, the firm somehow received fast-track approval for a special FCC waiver that grants LightSquared the right to use wireless spectrum to build out a national 4G wireless network on the cheap. Ken Boehm, of the conservative watchdog National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) in Washington, D.C., summed up the deal earlier this year: "LightSquared will get the spectrum for a song, while its competitors (e.g., AT&T and Verizon) have to spend billions."
The current "fix" LightSquared proposes to address the interference problems is a costly, conceptual pipe dream that could require massive retrofitting of millions of handheld GPS devices. GPS expert Eric Gakstatter scoffs: "I've been pretty open-minded about LightSquared proposing a solution, but this really insults our intelligence. (A)s we've seen previously with LightSquared, it's not about finding a practical solution for the GPS user community; it's all about selling an idea to the FCC. The problem is that the FCC doesn't have to live with LightSquared's half-baked 'solution'; we do."
So, what's greasing LightSquared's skids? Hint: It used to be known as "Skyterra." In 2005, Obama put $50,000 into the speculative firm -- raising eyebrows even among his water-carriers at The New York Times. The paper noted that Skyterra's principal backers at the time of the investment included four Obama "friends and donors who had raised more than $150,000 for his political committees."
One of those pals who urged him to buy stock in Skyterra was George Haywood, a major Skyterra investor and campaign donor who chipped in nearly $50,000 to Obama's campaigns and to his political action committee along with his wife.
Coincidentally, Obama bought his Skyterra stock the very same day the FCC "ruled in favor of the company's effort to create a nationwide wireless network by combining satellites and land-based communications systems." The Times reported that immediately after that morning ruling, "Tejas Securities, a regional brokerage in Texas that handled investment banking for Skyterra, issued a research report speculating that Skyterra stock could triple in value."
Coincidentally, Tejas and its chairman, John J. Gorman, were also major backers of Obama -- flying him in a private plane for political rallies and pitching in more than $150,000 for his campaign coffers since 2004. Obama sold his stock at a loss in November 2005, but his political relationship with the company was cemented. In 2009, shady billionaire hedge-fund manager Philip Falcone -- whose firm Harbinger Capital Partners is reportedly under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission for market manipulation abuses -- acquired Skyterra.
Coincidentally, Falcone, his wife and LightSquared CEO Sanjiv Ahuja have contributed nearly $100,000 between them to the Democratic Party during critical White House meeting periods and negotiations over LightSquared's regulatory fate.
Oh, and coincidentally, there's $6 billion earmarked for a "public safety broadband corporation" buried in the Obama jobs proposal just as LightSquared pushes into that market, too.
It's all just one strange quirk of timing, Team Obama shrugs. Except, as we all should know by now: There are no coincidences in Chicago on the Potomac. Just an endless avalanche of quids, quos and taxpayer woes.
Michelle Malkin is the author of "Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks & Cronies" (Regnery 2010).
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In a memo released late Friday, the National Space-Based Positioning, Navigation and Timing Executive Committee (PNT ExComm) said the nine federal agencies that make up the body had concluded unanimously that none of LightSquared's proposals would overcome significant interference with GPS (Global Positioning System).
Both the original and modified proposals by LightSquared would cause harmful interference to many GPS receivers, the PNT ExComm chairs said in the memo. The agency also said a Federal Aviation Administration analysis had concluded the network would also be incompatible with aircraft safety systems.
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GPS trumps attempt to build broadband network
Unable to find signal interference ‘fix’, FCC pulls LightSquared waiver
Feb. 16, 2012 12:30pm
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GPS trumps attempt to build broadband network
LightSquared pushes back
FCC pulls waiver allowing LightSquared to build broadband infrastructure.
Lightsquared signal interferes with GPS receivers, attempted fixes prove unsatisfactory.
Agriculture, U.S. military, aviation and emergency services opposed to LightSquared network's interference.
LightSquared executives push back against criticism.
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On Tuesday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) dealt a near fatal blow to LightSquared’s ambitious attempt to bring a nationwide 4G broadband network to rural America. Following months of tests and attempts at a fix, LightSquared proved unable to keep its signal from interfering with global positioning system (GPS) receivers, which are increasingly employed in farm machinery.
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Besides agriculture, the network was also opposed by representatives of other GPS users including the U.S. military, aviation and emergency services.
“LightSquared’s proposal to provide ground-based mobile service offered the potential to unleash new spectrum for mobile broadband and enhance competition,” said Tammy Sun, FCC spokesperson. The FCC “clearly stated from the outset that harmful interference to GPS would not be permitted.”
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That is why the conditional waiver granted to the telecommunications company -- issued in January 2011 after the GPS/LightSquared spectrum conflict came to light – “prohibited LightSquared from beginning commercial operations unless harmful interference issues were resolved,” said Sun.
That FCC waiver will now be revoked, keeping LightSquared from continuing to build infrastructure. The company’s only recourse may be to take the FCC to court.
The reason for the FCC’s conclusion was largely based on tests conducted by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), which operates under the U.S. Department of Commerce. Those tests concluded last November and a report was written based on the findings.
“The NTIA found that there was significant interference between the LightSquared towers – or the network the company wanted to pursue – and GPS receivers,” said RJ Karney, American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) director of congressional relations on Wednesday. “The FCC then decided not to allow LightSquared to continue working under the waiver.
“To recap, the waiver allowed LightSquared to proceed with the building of its network as long as there was no interference with GPS receivers. That led to the back-and-forth between LightSquared and GPS industries throughout almost the entirety of 2011.
“The NTIA also reported on LightSquared’s timeline. I believe that involved them rolling out their network” during the first half of 2012. “With that tight of a timeline, the NTIA concluded that even if a technical fix was possible, the amount of time and money it would take to retrofit the millions of GPS receivers being used would be too prohibitive and LightSquared shouldn’t be allowed to proceed.”
Indeed, the FCC’s Sun said the NTIA “concluded that there is no practical way to mitigate potential interference at this time. Consequently, the Commission will not lift the prohibition on LightSquared.”