More on LightSquared

February 21, 2012

A couple of days ago, I posted a note here about the FCC’s decision to suspend indefinitely its provisional approval of the broadband wireless service proposed by LightSquared, because of it potential interference with the operation of the Global Positioning System [GPS].  LightSquared has consistently claimed that interference was the fault of the GPS device manufacturers, because their designs did not include adequate protection against signals on nearby frequencies.

Ars Technica has a new article discussing the situation in more detail.  The article largely comes to the same conclusion I have: that, while there may be some truth in LightSquared’s claim, the disruption of the existing GPS ecosystem is too big a price to pay for the benefits the proposed system would bring.

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