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Title: LightSquared Gets A Boost
Post by: babj615 on September 16, 2011, 06:16:21 AM
We all need to call our congressmen and voice our objections to this project, (http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/09/15/general-reportedly-said-was-pressured-to-change-testimony-on-white-house-backed/) unless you want your GPSr to all be paper weights.


Title: Re: LightSquared Gets A Boost
Post by: Seldom on September 16, 2011, 07:01:01 AM
More stuff here:
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2011/09/15/lightsquared-did-white-house-pressure-general-shelton-to-help-donor.html
and here:
http://www.iwatchnews.org/2011/09/14/6458/emails-show-wireless-firms-communications-white-house-campaign-donations-were-made

Question: Will this system just affect US GPS or will it screw up global GPS?
Title: Re: LightSquared Gets A Boost
Post by: Boyd on September 16, 2011, 07:30:24 AM
It can only affect a device within range of their towers.

Seems to me that this is now getting so much attention and has turned into a political circus, it's unlikely that any of these doomsday scenarios will come to pass.
Title: Re: LightSquared Gets A Boost
Post by: Seldom on September 16, 2011, 08:22:32 AM
It can only affect a device within range of their towers.

And presumably those will stay within US borders?
Title: Re: LightSquared Gets A Boost
Post by: -Oz- on September 20, 2011, 05:07:18 AM
If the FCC lets get go through I'll know that lobbyists have way too much power.  The good news is that trucking companies also have lobbyists and they use GPS for tracking loads.
Title: Re: LightSquared Gets A Boost
Post by: babj615 on September 20, 2011, 05:54:07 AM
If the FCC lets get go through I'll know that lobbyists have way too much power.  The good news is that trucking companies also have lobbyists and they use GPS for tracking loads.

"Gen. William Shelton, head of the Air Force Space Command, told House members in a classified briefing earlier this month that he was pressured to change prepared congressional testimony in a way that would favor a large company funded by Philip Falcone, a major Democratic donor, congressional sources told Fox News."

Kinda makes me miss 1776... Although, one could assume there was some level of deceit and corruption, even then...
Title: Re: LightSquared Gets A Boost
Post by: Boyd on September 20, 2011, 05:56:58 AM
Personally I think it's "game over" for lightsquared now. This is becoming a real political circus and has been linked to the Solyndra scandal by the media. Hard to believe that they have enough money to entice any politicians to stand up to this kind of heat.
Title: Re: LightSquared Gets A Boost
Post by: alpine on September 27, 2011, 07:56:09 PM
I must have been out to lunch since I first heard of this project, because the broadband they were originally were going to build was Satellite based, not cell tower based.