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FCC Deadline for GPS Comments Coming Fast

Input Welcome on LightSquared Proposal before July 30

July 21, 2011 – Aviators concerned about the future of GPS should make comments to the Federal Communications Commission by Saturday, July 30, regarding the use of satellite band frequencies for a ground-based transmitter network. This proposal, made by LightSquared, could severely hamper GPS effectiveness throughout the country.

A wide variety of groups that use GPS technology, from aviation to law enforcement and emergency services, have stated opposition to the LightSquared plan. A significant number of Congressmen have also voiced grave concerns about the effects of the LightSquared plan.

The latest government body to raise objections is the European Commission, which is worried that signals from the LightSquared network could overwhelm the European Galileo satellite-based navigation system.

EAA and other GA groups are members of the Save Our GPS coalition, which has joined together to preserve the vital communications and navigation provided by GPS. The www.SaveOurGPS.org website offers additional background about the threat to GPS and how aviators and others can send their own comments to the FCC.

Complete instructions on submitting comments to the FCC is available here.

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