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Shelton's Testimony: FCC Approved LightSquared is a significant problem for ALL GPS users
Department of the Air Force (via GPS World) ^ | September 15, 2011 | General Shelton

Posted on 09/17/2011 9:10:30 PM PDT by dickmc

“GPS receivers were quite purposefully designed to operate in a portion of the radio frequency spectrum deliberately maintained as a “quiet neighborhood,” with neighboring frequencies primarily occupied by signals of comparable power levels, all based on widely accepted understanding of previous FCC rules and intent. The proposed LightSquared transmitters will produce received signal strengths five billion times stronger than the GPS received signal.”

"Some have suggested GPS equipment can be redesigned for greater filtering to mitigate the interference, but even if this is possible, we believe it would involve substantial financial cost and likely degrade the accuracy of high performance receivers, which is critical to many key GPS users."

“We believe the signal strength proposed as 'lower power' is actually the same as in the originally published LightSquared plan—and was the power level upon which the NPEF (these) tests were based....”

“Emperical test results indicate the originally planned LightSquared network does not preserve existing GPS service in representative environments for most users.”

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The pdf of this Shelton testimony is at http://www.gpsworld.com/defense/shelton-testimony-12083
The link to the related GPS World article is here.

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(Excerpt) Read more at gpsworld.com ...


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1 posted on 09/17/2011 9:10:38 PM PDT by dickmc
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To: dickmc

Ed Morrissey at Hot Air has uncovered information that Obama was an early invester in LightSquared. Morrissey has request O’s financial disclosure forms. Also, apparently O did not have a blind trust . . .


3 posted on 09/17/2011 9:20:22 PM PDT by BAW (Self reported to #attackwatch on Twitter.)
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To: SatinDoll

Re Sanjiv Ahuja - The name is not Muslim that I know of.
It sounds quite conventionally Hindu.

Do you have more information about him ?


4 posted on 09/17/2011 9:26:48 PM PDT by buwaya
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To: dickmc

I don’t see this in the same context as SatinDoll upthread. There is a National Security implication, but IMO it is not a deliberate act of sabotage. It is arguably a stupid, greedy, Chicago thuggish act with sabotage as a byproduct.

IMO it is just a variation on the Solyndra deal...payback for early or late favors. The difference here is that Solyndra was just money. This would (not could, WOULD) cost lives. And thus it is even more scurrilous than Solyndra (and Solyndra’s four or five fraudulent compadres)


5 posted on 09/17/2011 9:32:38 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (Madoff screwed the rich. Bernanke screwed us all.)
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To: SatinDoll

I like the idea behind LightSquared - establish a wholesale-only nationwide 4G LTE network, one that could be used to provide unique wireless services like television or what have you, as well as establish a competitive landscape for MVNOs (which are usually doomed to fail via contracts with AT&T and VZW).

No, I don’t believe the CEO set out to create a network that would intentionally disable GPS. Things like that aren’t good for publicity. However, now it appears that once they found out it did, they used their political influence to try to bury the story. That’s detestable and I hope we can get to the bottom of it.


6 posted on 09/17/2011 9:38:44 PM PDT by Dan Nunn (Support the NRA!)
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To: BAW
Did Obama’s former investment play role in pressuring 4-star general to change testimony?
7 posted on 09/17/2011 9:46:36 PM PDT by thouworm (.)
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To: SatinDoll
What's extreme on the non-military/commercial side of GPS is the effect Lightsquared equipment would have on location equipment we now take for granted. From the PDF at the link:

A. Aviation receivers operating as far as 7.5 miles from LightSquared transmitters completely lost GPS and were degraded out to distances of more than 16.5 miles. For two representative receivers tested by the FAA, results also showed GPS would be completely unusable for an aircraft 500 feet above the ground in an area spanning Stafford, Virginia through Washington and Baltimore, and out to Frederick, Maryland.

B. High precision GPS receivers such as those used for surveying and geological study requiring precise measurements were adversely affected out to 213 miles and totally lost GPS out to 4.8 miles.

C. Based on testing performed at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a class of receivers used in space to conduct certain types of atmospheric measurements would be unusable up to 12% of the time while in their typical orbits.

D. The State of New Mexico E-911 Program Director, who sent several GPS-equipped emergency and police vehicles to the test, stated in a letter to AFSPC that their equipment showed “the LightSquared network will cause interference to GPS signals and jeopardize 911 and public safety.”

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GPS receivers were quite purposefully designed to operate in a portion of the radio frequency spectrum deliberately maintained as a “quiet neighborhood,” with neighboring frequencies primarily occupied by signals of comparable power levels, all based on the widely accepted understanding of previous FCC rules and intent. The proposed LightSquared transmitters will produce received signal strengths five billion times stronger than the GPS received signal.

From the conclusions:

Empirical test results indicate the originally planned LightSquared network does not preserve existing GPS service in representative environments for most users.

This group must be stopped before they destroy the technological benefits brought by GPS systems. Many of us use it in our everyday occupations and new uses are coming online (e.g. positive train control to prevent collisions like the 2008 one in California between a passenger train and a freight on the same track that killed 28). Obama's lackeys don't seem to give a damn as long as their campaign contributors are protected at the expense of the greater population.

8 posted on 09/17/2011 9:58:21 PM PDT by CedarDave (Hurricane Irene -- cleanup will give the economy the stimulus Obama wants (US taxpayers pay))
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To: dickmc

The General Aviation community has been warning pilots about this LightSquare fiasco for months.


9 posted on 09/17/2011 10:07:18 PM PDT by MindBender26 (Forget AMEX. Remember your Glock 27: Never Leave Home Without It!)
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To: MindBender26

Bookmark


10 posted on 09/17/2011 10:45:05 PM PDT by Publius6961 (My world was lovely, until it was taken over by parasites.)
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To: Publius6961

This is simple enough, and effects enough people, to be a real problem for Obama.

The short story is that the administration is letting $90K in political contributions override the concerns of the military, and every business or individual that uses a GPS.

Anybody who has popped for a GPS unit is going to get screwed, all so Obama could grant an unethical in to somebody who as willing to pony up. Lightsquared has too much money in this scheme to just walk away, so they aren’t going to throw in the towel. They are saying that it’s just “business as usual”, and with this administration, they are right.

Obama wants to tax the rich with one hand while he grants special favors to billionaire donors at the expense of the little people and National Security with the other.

The Tea Party and conservatives need trumpet this loud and long. The Republicans won’t have the stones to call him on it in the media, they’ll just make some noise in hearings that only CSPAN addicts catch.


11 posted on 09/17/2011 10:59:49 PM PDT by M1911A1
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To: MindBender26
Here's the Lightsquared 'Excuse Me. You're in my Space' (Mr GPS) ad from the WSJ that the Congress critters were complaining about ...and... an excoriation of the ad's text.

LightSquared says its all the greedy GPS manufacturer's fault even though Lightsquared proposes to operate 40,000 terrestrial transmitters in a previously --purposefully maintained-- quiet neighborhood satellite band!

12 posted on 09/17/2011 11:02:07 PM PDT by dickmc
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To: Dan Nunn
At some point the private sector needs to enter the GPS strata. There needs to be competing platforms instead of mooching of the Gov't system.
13 posted on 09/17/2011 11:05:16 PM PDT by Palter (Even liberals need jobs.)
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To: Palter

You’re talking about spending billions of dollars to duplicate what is free to the private sector today. It’s not going to happen. The European attempt to charge for Galileo went nowhere (note - my Dad, Roger Easton, played a major role in the invention of GPS).


14 posted on 09/17/2011 11:32:56 PM PDT by Richard from IL
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To: Richard from IL
No, I understand, the world can rely on our effort and subsidized costs.
15 posted on 09/17/2011 11:46:22 PM PDT by Palter (Even liberals need jobs.)
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To: dickmc
From: LightSquared scandal explodes

...LightSquared is owned by the Harbinger Capital hedge fund, headed by billionaire investor Phil Falcone. He visited the White House and made large donations to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Soon after, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) granted LightSquared a highly unusual waiver that allows the company to build out a national 4G wireless network on the cheap.

16 posted on 09/18/2011 1:02:33 AM PDT by opentalk
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To: opentalk
Related thread:

Is LightSquared the New Solyndra? The Case of Air Force 4-Star and White House Pressure

17 posted on 09/18/2011 1:05:58 AM PDT by opentalk
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To: BAW
From Politically-connected LightSquared pushes wireless Internet plan despite GPS concerns

...Obama himself was an early investor and came to the presidency a firm believer in expanding broadband. He remains close to other early investors, like Gips and investment manager George W. Haywood, inviting some to luxe social events at the White House and more intimate gatherings like a night of poker and beer....

18 posted on 09/18/2011 1:17:38 AM PDT by opentalk
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To: dickmc

Why hasn’t Lightsquared done a long-term trial test to see if this would interfere with GPS?


19 posted on 09/18/2011 1:46:51 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: rawhide

For more than three months, the technical working group, comprised of more than 120 participants including representatives from the Department of Defense, Department of Transportation and other federal agencies, the GPS community, various telecommunications companies and LightSquared, conducted an extensive set of tests, and LightSquared submitted a final report on June 30, 2011. The technical working group effort identified potential for harmful interference from LightSquared’s originally proposed deployment based on operation of terrestrial transmitters in both the upper and lower 10 MHz portions of its spectrum. The FCC issued a public notice on June 30, 2011, seeking comment on the report.

http://www.gpsworld.com/wireless/news/fcc-calls-more-testing-potential-lightsquared-interference-12078


20 posted on 09/18/2011 3:40:37 AM PDT by EBH (God Humbles Nations, Leaders, and Peoples before He uses them for His Purpose)
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To: BAW

ping


21 posted on 09/18/2011 3:44:19 AM PDT by Java4Jay
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To: EBH

Looks like the test they ran showed some technical issues. So maybe the general is right?


22 posted on 09/18/2011 3:59:31 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: dickmc

That means GPS can be jammed. So we need a new military navigation technology anyway.


23 posted on 09/18/2011 4:04:00 AM PDT by cmj328
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

[a stupid, greedy, Chicago thuggish act with sabotage as a byproduct.]

Double plus good then!

Winston didn't need need a weatherman to see which way the Chicago wind blew that day beneath the spreading chestnut tree -- where he sold you, and he sold me...

 

24 posted on 09/18/2011 5:19:33 AM PDT by LomanBill (Animals! The DemocRats blew up the windmill with an Acorn!)
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To: dickmc

Bfl


25 posted on 09/18/2011 5:19:58 AM PDT by tutstar
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To: CedarDave

I fear we have become to reliant on GPS. They can be jammed, and we use them to fly and navigate.

Just think of the security implications to this story.


26 posted on 09/18/2011 6:24:13 AM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: cmj328

Unless we can come up with a solution that doesn’t involve the RF spectrum, jamming will always be a problem. The best you can do is detect jamming - you can’t mitigate or prevent it. You can, at fairly significant expense, make it more difficult to jam a network, but you can’t prevent it entirely. The premise is simple - if you’re receiving at a given frequency, all an attacker has to do is transmit continuously on that frequency. Interference does the rest and the receiver gets nothing useful.


27 posted on 09/18/2011 6:24:56 AM PDT by flintsilver7 (Honest reporting hasn't caught on in the United States.)
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To: dickmc

If a tree falls in the forest and NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, MSNBC, PBS, CNBC, the NYT, the WP, and the LAT don’t hear it, does it still make a sound?


28 posted on 09/18/2011 6:25:40 AM PDT by Notary Sojac (Nothing will cure the economy but debt deleveraging, deregulation, and time.)
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To: dickmc

I really don’t know what the big fuss is with GPS. Our family has never used it for navigation and we’ve always assumed that the government could shut it off on a second’s notice (as Iranian and North Korean missiles use it for navigation).

So, no direct effect on us...maybe some indirect effects, such as UPS drivers not being able to make their rounds to deliver stuff to our house, etc. But, overall, a good exercise for Americans to learn how to read a map again.


29 posted on 09/18/2011 6:42:46 AM PDT by BobL (PLEASE READ: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2657811/posts)
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To: Notary Sojac
If a tree falls in the forest and NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, MSNBC, PBS, CNBC, the NYT, the WP, and the LAT don’t hear it, does it still make a sound?

It can be heard loud and clear at the Free Republic logging camp.

30 posted on 09/18/2011 6:46:19 AM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: Publius6961

My aching APRS Ping


31 posted on 09/18/2011 6:55:50 AM PDT by NewHampshireDuo
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To: BobL

Some of us enjoy our geocaching!!! You should try it some time!


32 posted on 09/18/2011 7:21:00 AM PDT by EBH (God Humbles Nations, Leaders, and Peoples before He uses them for His Purpose)
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To: EGPWS
It can be heard loud and clear at the Free Republic logging camp.

Which is pretty far out in the woods, and only the lumberjacks are listening.

None of these scandals will amount to more than a mosquito bite until they get some traction in the LSM.

33 posted on 09/18/2011 7:36:13 AM PDT by Notary Sojac (Nothing will cure the economy but debt deleveraging, deregulation, and time.)
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To: EBH

“Some of us enjoy our geocaching!!! You should try it some time!”

Sounds like fun. Of course if I did it, I’d use USGS Topographic Maps...since they accurately denote longitude and latitude.


34 posted on 09/18/2011 7:43:45 AM PDT by BobL (PLEASE READ: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2657811/posts)
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To: cmj328

“That means GPS can be jammed. So we need a new military navigation technology anyway.

Exactly. Why are we so damned dependent on something that can be so easily jammed (I suspect even terrorists could jam it. I know that the Norks recently jammed it for us).

Perhaps we take a step back and consider whether our dependence on GPS is healthy. For example, if GPS went away tomorrow, half of the people where I work wouldn’t even find the building.


35 posted on 09/18/2011 7:51:18 AM PDT by BobL (PLEASE READ: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2657811/posts)
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To: cmj328
“That means GPS can be jammed. So we need a new military navigation technology anyway”

Probably so, but if it effects Joe Publics GPS device as well should we have to scrap out our devices to enrich Obamas thugs?

36 posted on 09/18/2011 7:59:26 AM PDT by DAC21
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder
National Security implication

You betcha. GPS was not built and paid for commercially for the use of hikers, boaters, and automobile rides. The Dept of Defense built GPS in the 1970s and maintains the GPS system and uses it extensively. This is a National Seurity Asset. The space based GPS signals are extremely weak and are encrypted with Government grade encryption for use by DOD. The receivers - over a billion world-wide - cannot be retrofitted to fix this "physics problem". The Lightsquared ground based cellular system is going to put into adjacent spectrum a signal that is one billion times as strong as GPS from space. It is believed there will be interference - there are analysis and test being run but the boy king admin has his FCC granting a waiver for the ground based use of this freq when indeed there should be a rule making process, and WAIT FOR THE TESTS TO BE COMPLETED.

IMHO asking General William Shelton to lie in his testimony borders on TREASON when potentially using politics that could endanger the National Defense of America.
37 posted on 09/18/2011 8:21:18 AM PDT by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: dickmc
Someone say Mayhem and GPS?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZXM_g3mqew


38 posted on 09/18/2011 9:19:59 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: BobL

Yes we can still read maps, but GPS is so much more convenient and easy, especially for getting around urban areas why bother unless we have to? Once you have one you get used to having it for things a map can’t do like having an instantly available approximation of how long until you will arrive, traffic, accident and weather alerts with instant re-routing and what food, hotels, attractions, parks, etc are along the road ahead. True, the government can shut it off anytime, but they haven’t and in the meantime the service has been well worth the cost of the receiver.


39 posted on 09/18/2011 10:34:39 AM PDT by Flying Circus
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To: Publius6961

From “Flying” magazine:

New Report Intensifies LightSquared vs. GPS Fight
By Bethany Whitfield / Published: Jun 08, 2011

A new study presented to the FAA last week is adding fuel to the debate over the proposed expansion of broadband communications by a company called LightSquared, a plan that has drawn extensive concern from the aviation community about potential interference with GPS reception.

The study, conducted by the non-profit RTCA, confirmed what many critics have warned for months: LightSquared’s plan to make broadband transmissions on a frequency band adjacent to that used by GPS will cause significant interference with GPS reception.

After testing and reviewing the performance of four aircraft GPS receivers, members of a RTCA Special Committee concluded that, “the current LightSquared terrestrial authorization would be incompatible with the current aviation use of GPS.”

The authors of the report maintained that LightSquared’s plan would not only cause widespread disruption of GPS-based operations throughout the United States, but would completely wipe out reception in some areas. “Given the situation in the high altitude U.S. East Coast scenario, GPS-based operations will likely be unavailable over a whole region at any normal aircraft altitude,” the report said.

The study also implied that LightSquared’s plan would probably cause even greater interference with non-aviation receivers, since they lack the six-decibel safety cushion employed in receivers used for aviation purposes.

“From an aviation perspective, LightSquared upper channel operation should not be allowed,” the authors recommended. While they said certain changes could allow LightSquared’s system and GPS to co-exist, they maintained further research is necessary to determine appropriate frequency limits.

The FAA requested the RTCA study after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) granted LightSquared a waiver to install up to 40,000 ground stations throughout the United States earlier this year. The move sparked the formation of the Coalition to Save Our GPS, as well as a letter to the FCC signed by 33 senators urging the commission to withdraw the waiver. The FCC has responded that it will allow LightSquared’s plan to move ahead only if the GPS interference issues are addressed.


40 posted on 09/18/2011 11:06:32 AM PDT by MindBender26 (Forget AMEX. Remember your Glock 27: Never Leave Home Without It!)
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To: CedarDave

Wouldn’t surprise me that Dems are backing their own favorite telcoms. In the long run though it sounds like the GPS system is going to need to be hardened in a number of ways before wireless technology gets even more popular than it is. I doubt that means more satellites, as they’re probably the most expensive part of the system.


41 posted on 09/18/2011 11:08:05 AM PDT by yup2394871293
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To: Flying Circus

True. It’s much easier than reading a map.


42 posted on 09/18/2011 11:28:52 AM PDT by rwfromkansas ("Carve your name on hearts, not marble." - C.H. Spurgeon)
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To: dickmc

Is this the same guy that Obama set back the digital switch over for TV signals when he first took office costing us a couple of billion?


43 posted on 09/18/2011 11:32:21 AM PDT by txroadkill (Ghandi would have smacked 0bama in the head)
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To: CedarDave

...but don’t count on the FCC, despite all of their activism, to help matters very much.


44 posted on 09/18/2011 11:32:25 AM PDT by yup2394871293
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To: Flying Circus

“True, the government can shut it off anytime, but they haven’t and in the meantime the service has been well worth the cost of the receiver.”

I agree...just too many people dependent on it. A friend of mine works at a gas station and once in a while GPS-types come in for directions (because their GPS stopped working, maybe ran out its batteries, and no cord) - these people barely know what state they’re in, much less have any clue where they are in that state. Those are the ones that I worry about.


45 posted on 09/18/2011 11:50:46 AM PDT by BobL (PLEASE READ: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2657811/posts)
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To: dickmc

Here is some specific info from the tests:

“In testimony before the House Armed Services Committee on Thursday, General William Shelton, head of Air Force Space Command, detailed the results of tests from earlier this year intended to quantify the effect of LightSquared’s forthcoming network on GPS.

“Aviation receivers operating as far as 7.5 miles from LightSquared transmitters completely lost GPS and were degraded out to distances of more than 16.5 miles,” Shelton said. “High precision GPS receivers such as those used for surveying and geological study requiring precise measurements were adversely affected out to 213 miles and totally lost GPS out to 4.8 miles.”

Shelton noted that the State of New Mexico believes the LightSquared network could “jeopardize 911 and public safety.”

He cautioned that Air Force Space Command’s testing was modeled from the results of a single transmitter. However, that modeling showed that the complete network of high-powered base stations envisioned by LightSquared would degrade or completely kill GPS “at distances out to dozens of miles and even extending out to operations in space.”

http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/09/16/amid-lightsquared-controversy-att-unveils-new-wireless-data-network/?test=faces

The Obama administration is willing to destroy the use of the GPS system, on which civil and military navigation is critically dependent. THAT IS TREASON. Crippling our military systems for $$$$ for Obama campaign. This is an impeachable offense.


46 posted on 09/18/2011 1:11:55 PM PDT by Clairity ("The United States needs to be not so much loved as it needs to be respected." -- VP Dick Cheney)
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To: Clairity

Not a day goes by when this administration doesn’t commit another impeachable offense.


47 posted on 09/18/2011 1:27:50 PM PDT by Christian Engineer Mass (25ish Cambridge MA grad student. Many conservative Christians my age out there? __ Click my name)
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To: Christian Engineer Mass

And I am sure his testimony most have been top secret, highly classified and it was leaked to Lightsquared. I bet there won’t be an investigation to find out who leaked it.


According to officials who spoke to the “Daily Beast” website, Gen Shelton’s prepared testimony was leaked in advance to LightSquared. The White House then asked the general to alter it to say that he supported the White House policy to add more broadband for commercial use and that the Pentagon would try to resolve its concerns in tests within 90 days.

“There was an attempt to influence the text of the testimony and to engage LightSquared in the process in order to bias his testimony,” Representative Mike Turner, a Republican, told the Daily Beast. “The only people who were involved in the process in preparation for the hearing included the Department of Defence, the White House, and the Office Management and Budget.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/barackobama/8769543/Obama-administration-pressured-Air-Force-general-to-change-testimony.html


48 posted on 09/18/2011 1:35:54 PM PDT by Clairity ("The United States needs to be not so much loved as it needs to be respected." -- VP Dick Cheney)
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To: dickmc

I think most people do not realize the seriousness of the impact of the L2 network on the GPS system, that our military systems are highly dependent on it and the magnitude of the offense of an administration trying to influence a general’s testimony in such vital matter.


49 posted on 09/18/2011 1:45:54 PM PDT by Clairity ("The United States needs to be not so much loved as it needs to be respected." -- VP Dick Cheney)
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To: BobL

Yes we can still read maps, but GPS is so much more convenient and easy, especially for getting around urban areas why bother unless we have to? Once you have one you get used to having it for things a map can’t do like having an instantly available approximation of how long until you will arrive, traffic, accident and weather alerts with instant re-routing and what food, hotels, attractions, parks, etc are along the road ahead. True, the government can shut it off anytime, but they haven’t and in the meantime the service has been well worth the cost of the receiver.


50 posted on 09/18/2011 2:29:43 PM PDT by Flying Circus
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