LightSquared's Alternatives Include Lower Power and Additional Towers
Last week, LightSquared's executive Vice President submitted written responses to questions posed by the House of Representatives' Committee on Science, Space and Technology. LightSquared's responses offered several compromises designed to permit the company to continue operating while minimizing interference to nearby GPS users, including using only the lowest 10 MHz of the L-band for the next five or six years. To further allay interference concerns, LightSquared also said it would be willing to operate at lower power in the upper portion of the band, add additional towers to provide for more ubiquitous coverage or operate on alternative spectrum. Meanwhile, the GPS industry remains concerned about the interference potential of LightSquared's operations. The FAA's Deputy Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety called LightSquared's interference to GPS systems "the most intractable problem I have been involved with in 31 years in aviation." For more information, please contact Greg Kunkle (202.434.4178; firstname.lastname@example.org).
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