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Old 02-15-2012   #1
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LightSquared on the Ropes--GPS can breathe sigh of relief

According to the Wall Street Journal, the FCC has said they are going to pull the plug on LightSquared's plan to build a national wireless system. The problems with its interference with GPS don't appear solvable.

So our GPSs are safe from that threat, apparently. Now we can go back to worrying about satellites failing, cosmic radiation, etc.
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Thanx for the update!
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hanks,glad the govt FINALLY mad a good decision.marc
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Like it was ever going to happen! As soon as I first heard about this I thought about;

1. The military
2. Maritime industry
3. Commercial aviation
4. Civil aviation
5. Trucking industry
6. Logistics industry (couriers)
7. Taxi industry
8. We boaters
9. Electronics industry
10. The rest of the cell phone industry

I'm sure there are lots more I can't think of offhand. Any ONE of the first three meant it was always a non-starter.

Worrying about space junk hitting GPS satellites would be more productive than bothering with some James Bond villain wrecking the system for profit.
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The GPS system was initially put in place for the military and there was no plan to make it available to civilians. The system is extremely important to the military and there was never a chance that Lightsquared would be allowed to go forward with their plan.
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as they used to say in the old days...."now, for the rest of the story"

LightSquared CEO resigns amid revelations of company
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Guys, it ain't over. Falcone/LightSquared is like the walking dead. I just got the following from BOATUS:

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Dear BoatU.S. Member:

Last summer boaters sent a clear message to the Federal Communications Commission – “Don’t Mess with GPS!" As you may remember, a private company, LightSquared, received preliminary FCC approval to offer a new cellular broadband service. Tests showed this service could significantly interfere with GPS signals.

Thanks to over 18,000 boaters who submitted comments, along with many other GPS users, the FCC required additional testing in the fall. (Thank you all for your help!) Last week, these tests revealed that the LightSquared’s network would interfere with GPS and that there are no practical fixes. As a result, the FCC has proposed to withdraw LightSquared's approval.(GPS.gov: Interference Studies Lead FCC to Block LightSquared Operations)

The FCC has a new comment period (open to March 1) asking for the public’s opinion. Even if you wrote last summer, please take a few minutes now and write the FCC asking them to protect the GPS signal by saying “No” to LightSquared’s current proposal. Given this company’s tenacity over the last year, we want to make sure that boaters’ needs are remembered as the FCC makes their final decision.

Important points to make:
How do you use GPS in your life – on the water, on land, or in the air?
What would happen to your business/personal life if GPS became unavailable or unreliable?
Wireless broadband service is important, but it should not come at the expense of GPS.
All the studies show that LightSquared’s proposed network would cause interference and that there are no remedies.
Tell FCC that you rely on them to protect the integrity of the GPS signal and that you support their recommendation to stop LightSquared’s current proposal
You can submit comments directly to the FCC through their online comment form. (We regret we can’t streamline this process for you, but it is important enough we’re still asking for your help.) Here’s how:
Click on this link for the FCC’s Electronic Comments Filing System (ECFS): ECFS Express
Select “Proceeding Number 11-109.” It should be near the top of the list.
In the designated boxes, enter your name and mailing address.
In the box that says “Type in or paste your brief comments,” do so. Click “Continue”.
A review page will load listing all of the information entered. If correct, click “Confirm.”
If you have any trouble, you may contact the FCC ECFS Helpdesk at 202-418-0193 or email at ecfshelp@fcc.gov
Thank you for taking action to protect the integrity of the GPS system.

Margaret Podlich
President, BoatU.S.
GovtAffairs@BoatUS.com
703-461-2878 x8363
I urge everyone to go to the FCC Comment Page and register their opposition to this Company.

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as they used to say in the old days...."now, for the rest of the story"
Damn i miss Paul Harvey.........
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The military can jam our civilian GPS receivers any time they want by turning SA back on. Yet LightSquared will jam the military's GPS and it's only recreational boaters who can stop it?
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Never count on common sense to win the day when politicians get involved. Even if it's dead, dismember and burn the body. It'll keep coming back as long as some politician thinks there's a campaign contribution to be had.
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