LightSquared's Phil Falcone blames others for GPS interference: “We're not interfering with them. They're interfering with us”
2. Wowe1234 (unregistered)
The GPS community needs to be sued. They are using freq that belong to LightSquared. The interference is not the issue. Its true that the FCC back in 2004 gave notice and the GPS community still cut corners. The FCC should exchange for other freq that are available such as 1300-1390, 1755-1850 or the D block broadband spectrum since its not yet approved for gov't use go to the recent political action.
5. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5530; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Lets not lose track that the U.S. Government (specifically, the Dept. of Defense) implemented (maybe even invented) GPS and the GPS signals that are being interfered with are the same ones being used by the DoD.
Rots of Ruck suing (or is it sewing?) the Feds.
4. Keegan (unregistered)
Phil Falcone is like the smartest dude that nobody knows about. This guy could seriously give Warren Buffett a run for the money. I really hope this pans out for him.
Also funny is that AT&T are a bunch of busters.
6. corps1089 (Posts: 492; Member since: 20 Jan 2010)
The GPS community was given a over a year to file any objections to the FCC granting the company [which is now known as LightSquared] an exception to thier license for the use of the L-Band spectrum for terrestrial signals.
Manufacturers of GPS units did not include filters because they did not want to put in the time and effort and money to develop $0.05 filters that could block stronger terrestrial signals in other spectrum blocks and still allow maximum sensitivity for the low power satellite signals.
LightSquared has addressed the GPS industry's shortcoming by voluntarily relocating to block of spectrum further away from the GPS block in L-Band [at thier own cost], and the only remaining GPS devices that are affected are those 2% that are made by a subsidy of LightSquared.
GPS industry allowed the issue to develop by not performing due diligence in making their products and are now screaming about it because someone stepped on thier toe,
when someone told them well in advance "hey, we're going to step there",
after the governing authority advised it was OK to step there,
and are now trying to claim that it was thier head that was stomped on and not thier toe.
Sit down, shut up, and stop trying to block us from getting another competetive option.
7. anon123 (unregistered)
10. Blademan (Posts: 1; Member since: 11 Aug 2011)
Lightsquared keeps throwing out the $0.05 comment and people keep buying into that nonsense. The technology doesn't yet exist. Phil Falcone loves to keep mentioning that the GPS manufacturers have had 8-10 years to fix this problem, but what he doesn't tell you is that they have been trying to fix this problem. They're getting closer to solving the problem, but they're not there yet.
As for the comment that "the only remaining GPS devices that are affected are those 2% that are made by a subsidy of LightSquared", well that is pure BS. Where on earth did you come up with this?
The remaining GPS devices that will be affected are High Precision GPS units, none of which are made by any subsidiary of Lightsquared.
Seriously, stop drinking the Lightsquared Kool Aid for a moment and step back and search for the facts.
8. codymws (Posts: 237; Member since: 17 Jun 2010)
What happens if things don't work out for LightSquared, and they're not allowed to build their LTE network?
9. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
Its lightsquareds spectrum that GPS companies are infringing on. If i were Lightsquared id launch the sattelites and just let them run for a few months before a public launch.. It would interfere with the GPS signals and force them to do something about it.
Squeeze up between their sattilites and give em a lil butt bounce outta the way!