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LightSquared claims to have solution for GPS interference problems
The Hill ^ | September 21, 2011 | Brendan Sasso

Posted on 09/21/2011 11:23:41 AM PDT by jazusamo

Wireless startup 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.

The company said it worked with Javad, a GPS manufacturer, to develop a system that will adapt precision GPS devices so they can operate in the presence of LightSquared's network.

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.

LightSquared intends to provide wholesale wireless broadband service, but it had to put its plans on hold after tests earlier this year revealed that its signals interfere with GPS devices, including those used by the military.

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In response to the problem, LightSquared agreed to operate its land-based cell towers on only the lower 10 MHz of its spectrum. That was no small commitment; the company says the change will cost $100 million.

But even operating on only the lower 10 MHz, the network still causes problems for some precision GPS devices.

Last week, Air Force General William Shelton told a congressional subcommittee that fixing the interference problem with precision GPS devices would cost billions of dollars and take a decade or more.

Harriman said that assertion is "simply not true" and LightSquared will be able to mass produce devices that do not interfere with its network in a matter of months.

“This breakthrough is a final step toward LightSquared’s goal of building a nationwide wireless network that will bring lower prices and better service to Americans from coast to coast,” said Sanjiv Ahuja, LightSquared's chief executive.

The GPS industry remained skeptical that LightSquared's proposal would solve the interference problems.

“LightSquared has, as usual, oversimplified and greatly overstated the significance of the claims of a single vendor to have ‘solved’ the interference issue," the Coalition to Save Our GPS said. "There have been many vendor claims that have not proven out in rigorous tests and the demanding tests of marketplace acceptance."

In addition to the GPS problems, LightSquared has also run into political obstacles in recent weeks.

Republican lawmakers have called for an investigation of the company's ties to the White House after emails revealed the company had communicated with senior administration aides. Reports said the administration also asked Shelton to change his testimony in a secure congressional briefing to make it more supportive of the wireless startup.



TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: broadband; fccchairman; gps; juliusgenachowski; lightsquared; obama; philfalcone
Why am I skeptical about this revelation from LightSquared?
1 posted on 09/21/2011 11:24:03 AM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

Real simple fix. Get the president to pressure a lot of people to lie to Congress for you.


2 posted on 09/21/2011 11:25:01 AM PDT by hometoroost (Frodo lives!)
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To: jazusamo

GEE WHIZ! WHILLIKERS!/S

nuff sed.


3 posted on 09/21/2011 11:26:17 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: jazusamo

Obama has stock in this company

He refused to put his money into a blind trust

The Obama adminsitration tried to force a general to lie and clain there was no problem with interferance with military GPS systems

I dont believe a word from anyone associated with Obama


4 posted on 09/21/2011 11:27:30 AM PDT by Mr. K (Palin/Bachman 2012- unbeatable ticket~!!!)
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To: jazusamo

They have a simple soplution. Just give lots of money to the Democrats and get out of the way.


5 posted on 09/21/2011 11:28:25 AM PDT by dirtymac (Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country., Really! NOW!!!)
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To: jazusamo

Are they proposing to retrofit all the millions of devices currently in use? Who pays for it?


6 posted on 09/21/2011 11:28:25 AM PDT by DManA
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To: jazusamo

Never mind the corruption that seems to underlie LightSquared’s deal; is not anyone worried that the GPS system is so easily jammed?


7 posted on 09/21/2011 11:31:49 AM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Where's he getting these ideas? He's not smart enough to be that stupid all by himself.)
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To: DManA

This is ludicrous, there’s millions of GPS units out there and LightSquared says it’s a simple fix. There’s no such thing.


8 posted on 09/21/2011 11:32:15 AM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: DManA

According to Light Squared, it’s your fault for buying devices years ago that would be interfered with by tomorrow’s Light Squared transmitters. You should have been able to predict the future.


9 posted on 09/21/2011 11:32:19 AM PDT by oldbill
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To: DManA

There are 800,000 DOD devices affected. It sounds more like they propose to manufacture and sell replacement devices to DOD. Let’s say they can make $100 profit per device. That would be $80,000,000 profit ~ and with Obama getting the standard 25% skim off the top, they walk away with $60 million profit before they’ve even built their cell towers!


10 posted on 09/21/2011 11:34:27 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: jazusamo
The company said it worked with Javad, a GPS manufacturer, to develop a system that will adapt precision GPS devices so they can operate in the presence of LightSquared's network.

Huh, wah?

Sounds to me like NEW GPS devices with the adaptation in them will be required to be built and purchased.

Does that mean "buy Garmin stock" because it'll trash every other GPS device?

I wasn't happy about the changeover from analog to digital TV (bricked 4 portables I use), and now I get to toss my GPS devices too? The FCC must be viewing the EPA as a model for success.
11 posted on 09/21/2011 11:35:01 AM PDT by BikerJoe
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To: jazusamo

If I read this right the EXISTING GPS units have to be modified to not be jammed by the new technology. Cool. I have to modify my equipment because of LS.

Nice.


12 posted on 09/21/2011 11:35:44 AM PDT by arkady_renko
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To: jazusamo

GPS’s have to be modified to ignore this system’s interference? This is serious?


13 posted on 09/21/2011 11:36:33 AM PDT by sickoflibs (Over-taxed means 'paying too much in taxes', not zero taxes)
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LightSquared’s fix is for others to fix LightSquared’s problem.


14 posted on 09/21/2011 11:39:22 AM PDT by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: hometoroost

It’s a simple fix - just replace every GPS receiver in existence.

Probably to be paid for with a federal grant.


15 posted on 09/21/2011 11:40:31 AM PDT by glorgau
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To: jazusamo

Right - sell this “adaption” for a big profit. Force everyone to get new gps systems as well.


16 posted on 09/21/2011 11:40:39 AM PDT by Godzilla (3-7-77)
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To: jazusamo
adapt precision GPS devices so they can operate in the presence of LightSquared's network.

How many GPS devices are there currently the continental US? 100 million? 200 million? 500 million (half a billion)?

Are we going to retrofit up to a half a billion GPS devices? Every car GPS, every cell phone with GPS, every golf GPS, every hiking GPS, every military GPS, every police or fire GPS, every one? Is that a realistic solution?

No, it's not realistic. What will happen is all of these GPS devices will immediatly become obsolete and need to be replaced. The cost to average citizens would be billions and billions. And for what? So some communication company can build their network on the cheap.

What it really is is a huge transfer of money from the general public to a private company.

Not right. Simply morally wrong.

17 posted on 09/21/2011 11:41:58 AM PDT by Brookhaven
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To: jazusamo

So their “fix” is to modify all existant GPS devices? LOL!

Piece of cake!


18 posted on 09/21/2011 11:42:50 AM PDT by Pessimist
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To: DManA

Well, for the military equipment and weapons, we do.

That’s after all of the testing is accomplished on every system to ensure that the widget will actually work as advertised.

Who knows what the final cost will be to test, purchase and retrofit all of the military’s equipment vs. just telling LS to go screw themselves.

I bet the company that makes these widgets is affiliated with a Rat somehow.


19 posted on 09/21/2011 11:42:59 AM PDT by SZonian (July 27, 2010. Life begins anew.)
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To: jazusamo

The government will hand out coupons so everyone can get the magic device for $10.


20 posted on 09/21/2011 11:44:00 AM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their President is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: Brookhaven

Correct. Obama has had things go pretty much his way but since he lost the House these type things have been surfacing more frequently. LightSquared had better go back to the drawing boards.


21 posted on 09/21/2011 11:48:00 AM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Irrespective of the Obama corruption, I hope that they figure out how to work it out, because Sprint is supposed to be using LightSquared for its LTE solution. They have wimax now, but want to switch to LTE. I don’t want to use Verizon or ATT, so I would like Sprint to get the LTE. There is supposed to be an announcement about it in October. But if LightSquared’s spectrum will interfere with GPS, that is simply something that cannot be risked.


22 posted on 09/21/2011 11:52:08 AM PDT by Defiant (Calling all citizens from all over the world, this is Captain America calling.)
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To: jazusamo

These aholes can’t be serious.

I propose if these jerkwads get captain Zero to dictate they can start their network, that people start taking their network back offline, one piece at a time at 3000fps.


23 posted on 09/21/2011 11:54:41 AM PDT by Malsua
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To: jazusamo

Simple fix = easy hack.


24 posted on 09/21/2011 11:56:59 AM PDT by Domangart
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To: jazusamo

     The Department of Interior, U.S. Geological Survey, has awarded contract G10PC00160 resulting from competitive solicitation 10WRSS0010 to JAVAD GNSS, Inc. of San Jose, CA. The contract is an Indefinite-Delivery, Indefinite-Quantity contract for various configurations of GPS/GNSS receivers and antennas with a five (5) year ordering period and a $3.9M ceiling.

     The contract was competitively awarded after a sustained protest and reopening of the solicitation to the original offerors (reference previous announcement for G10PC00100). It is contemplated that one or more orders placed under this contract will be funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (the Act), Public Law 111-5; unique provisions required to implement the Act, including those for significant transparency and reporting requirements, have been included and will apply to delivery orders funded by the Act.


25 posted on 09/21/2011 12:04:39 PM PDT by arkady_renko
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To: arkady_renko
LightSquared Inside javad already
26 posted on 09/21/2011 12:08:57 PM PDT by arkady_renko
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To: DManA
Are they proposing to retrofit all the millions of devices currently in use? Who pays for it?

uhhh... You will. But it's your fair share.

And you will get a $50 tax credit spread out over ten years...

.

27 posted on 09/21/2011 12:54:59 PM PDT by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: jazusamo
The company said it worked with Javad, a GPS manufacturer, to develop a system that will adapt precision GPS devices so they can operate in the presence of LightSquared's network.

In the earlier days of the Mob this was called paying insurance.

A device or circuit adaptations that the GPS manufacturers would have to pay some royalty to use. This "solution" is no solution at all. It's simple robbery of the rights of current owners of GPS units.

28 posted on 09/21/2011 12:58:32 PM PDT by bvw
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To: jazusamo

So the fix for the problem called by light squared is for OTHER manufacturing entities to make “affordable changes”?

Bull puckey! Light Squared causes the issue and it’s everyone else’s problem to fix... Typical freaking democrat thinking!


29 posted on 09/21/2011 12:58:51 PM PDT by MortMan (What disease did cured ham used to have?)
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To: hometoroost

Simple fix is to have LS to reimburse everyone with a GPS device the price for a new one.


30 posted on 09/21/2011 1:29:57 PM PDT by ully2
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To: jazusamo
LightSquared claims to have solution for GPS interference problems

Yeah...sure...right. 99% chance of pure Bullshit.

31 posted on 09/21/2011 2:34:20 PM PDT by GoldenPup
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To: jazusamo
LightSquared will be able to mass produce devices that do not interfere with its network in a matter of months.

So...LS is going to replace my $1500 of GPS equipment for free? and before the LS network renders them useless?

32 posted on 09/21/2011 2:43:17 PM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com/)
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To: arkady_renko; Defiant; jazusamo; All
Technical backgound of the issue with LightSquared and GPS:

From Broadband Communications Cut The Cord - ED, by Louis E. Frenzel, 2011 August 11 - September 9

A little background on Clearwire (Nasdaq:CLWR):

Clearwire was founded by Craig McCaw of McCaw Cellular fame, who now owns 4% of the company. Clearwire has never been profitable. More than 85% of the sales comes from the U.S., primarily major metro areas along the West Coast, in Texas, Florida and Midwest.

A list of investors in Clearwire include Comcast, Time Warner, Google and Intel (Intel is a main promoter of the WiMAX wireless standard, which had an early lead but now seems to be falling behind as most in the industry move towards Long-Term Evolution / LTE standard) - they together own more than 25% of the company. Sprint-Nextel owns 56% of its joint venture with Clearwire, CLEAR business. Best Buy is the major reseller of CLEAR. In 2011 Sprint made a wholesale agreement with Clearwire to spend up to $1 billion during 2-year period to enable 4G data services through parts of its network.

33 posted on 09/22/2011 3:40:37 PM PDT by CutePuppy (If you don't ask the right questions you may not get the right answers)
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To: CutePuppy

Thanks. That answered a few questions for me.


34 posted on 09/22/2011 5:49:51 PM PDT by arkady_renko
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