LightSquared Moving Ahead Despite GPS Problems
October 4, 2011 – Despite Congressional calls for closer scrutiny and conflicts with current GPS technology still unresolved, the LightSquared company is moving ahead with manufacturing agreements for its proposed broadband network.
On Monday, LightSquared announced a “strategic collaboration” with Sharp for smartphones and tablets that would use the proposed broadband network, which has yet to be officially approved. Some devices are expected to be shown at an industry show in San Diego later this month.
LightSquared is moving ahead even as Rep. Tom Petri (R-WI), chairman of the House Transportation Subcommittee on Aviation, and others have expressed extreme doubts on the viability of the proposed without harming aviation, emergency response teams, military equipment, and other essential services. LightSquared has been claiming that a “fix” is coming for GPS users, but that solution would burden current users with the costs of installing or upgrading GPS units.
EAA encourages aviators and other GPS owners to contact their Senators and Congressional representatives and urge a full investigation into the ramifications of the LightSquared proposal and the possible cost to aviators, local governments, emergency responders, and other current GPS users.