Saturday, January 14, 2012

Find: LightSquared LTE network interferes with GPS, says US government committee

Death knell for a possible bandwidth competitor to Verizon and AT&T. 
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The saga of LightSquared may be coming to its final turn, as no fewer than nine federal agencies have unanimously agreed that its LTE network interferes with GPS in such a way that it can't be fixed. The group of agencies make up the National Space-Based Positioning and Timing Executive Committee, which also cited an FAA report that said the LightSquared network would interfere with aircraft safety systems. Although the committee doesn't have the final say, its decision is likely to hold quite a lot of sway with the FCC when it decides whether to allow LightSquared to launch its network.
In this light, Sprint's recent decision to "pause" investment in LightSquared makes a bit more sense — as do the increasingly indignant press releases...
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