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February 13, 2013

 

The GPS Innovation Alliance launches. The Alliance states that it "recognizes the ever increasing importance of Global Positioning System (GPS) and other Global Navigation Satellite System technologies to the global economy and infrastructure and is firmly committed to furthering GPS innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship." The Alliance says it will build on the achievements of both the Coalition to Save Our GPS and the long-time GPS advocacy and information group, the United States GPS Industry Council (USGSIC).

October-November 2012

 

LightSquared petitions the FCC to expand the ground-based use of the MSS adjacent to GPS

September 2012

 

LightSquared requests permission to share spectrum currently controlled by federal government agencies, saying it would relinquish its use of the upper band.

May 2012

 

LightSquared files for bankruptcy in May 2012, which the company's CFO says "is intended to give LightSquared sufficient breathing room to continue working through the regulatory process that will allow us to build our 4G wireless network."

February 29, 2012

 

The FCC International Bureau, in a Public Notice, extends the deadline for comment on the NTIA letter and International Bureau proposals, as detailed in its February 15, 2012 Public Notice, to March 16 from the original date of March 1. This followed a LightSquared request for an extension of the deadline. The International Bureau also adds a reply period, with a March 30 deadline.

February 28, 2012

 

The House Energy and Commerce Committee issues a press release announcing that Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Reps. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) and Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) request information from the FCC, NTIA, and PNT relating to LightSquared and GPS interference. The request is for all written and electronic communications since April 2009 between any individual associated with LightSquared, Harbinger Capital Partners, SkyTerra Communications, GPS manufacturers, and PNT ExCom regarding the process used to evaluate the proposed spectrum license transfer, testing, and potential interference.

February 15, 2012

 

The FCC International Bureau posts a Public Notice seeking comment on the National Telecommunications and Information Administration letter and International Bureau proposals that would 1) withdraw the January 2011 waiver that allowed LightSquared to proceed with its planned wireless network; and 2) modify LightSquared's satellite license to prohibit LightSquared from building any ground-based wireless network. The International Bureau sets a March 1 deadline for comments.

February 14, 2012

 

LightSquared and the Coalition to Save Our GPS issue statements reacting to the NTIA recommendations. LightSquared says it "remains committed to finding resolution" and asserts that the NTIA's recommendation relied on "flawed conclusions." The Coalition calls the release of the NTIA's conclusions "a pivotal moment," says that the FCC "has acted appropriately" and that it "stands ready to work with the NTIA and the FCC to address the important policy issues relating to longer term use of satellite spectrum and reduction of potential interference to maximize the efficient use of all satellite spectrum."

February 14, 2012

 

National Space-Based PNT Systems Engineering Forum (NPEF) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) assessments that find that LightSquared's proposed plans would cause widespread interference to GPS are released by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), at the same time that it writes the FCC with its analysis and conclusions regarding LightSquared.

February 14, 2012

 

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) writes the FCC to say that its "independent evaluation of the testing and analysis" of LightSquared's proposed plans concludes "that LightSquared's proposed mobile broadband network will impact GPS services and that there is no practical way to mitigate the potential interference at this time. Furthermore, while GPS equipment developers may be able to mitigate these issues via new technology in the future, the time and money required for federal, commercial, and private sector users to replace technology in the field and the marketplace, on aircraft, and in integrated national security systems cannot support the scheduled deployment of terrestrial services proposed by LightSquared."

February 8, 2012

 

Both the Airlines for America (A4A) and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), in testimony before the Subcommittee on Aviation of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, call for an end to consideration of LightSquared's proposals. A4A's Senior Vice President of Safety, Security and Operations, Thomas L. Hendricks, testifies that LightSquared's plans would have "ruinous effects on aviation," and calls for LightSquared's proposal to be withdrawn. AOPA's President, Craig Fuller, testifies that, "We strongly urge the FCC to rescind waivers that keep this cloud" over the aviation industry.

February 8, 2012

 

Department of Transportation Deputy Secretary John Porcari testifies before the Subcommittee on Aviation of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee that LightSquared's proposed terrestrial network is "not compatible" with numerous GPS-enabled aviation safety-of-flight operations and that "there appears to be no practical solutions or mitigations" that would permit LightSquared "to operate in the next few months or years without significantly interfering with GPS." Referring to the most recent tests, Porcari says, "We worked with LightSquared. They were part of developing the testing protocols. They were a part of the testing itself. And the results, I think, are very clear cut."

February 7, 2012

 

The Coalition to Save Our GPS responds that LightSquared's "latest filing yet again proceeds from the same false premises and claims that LightSquared has repeated ad nauseam in its ongoing effort to deny its obligation to avoid harmful interference to millions of government and private GPS users," and that LightSquared's "suggestion that GPS manufacturers should have designed receivers to accommodate a prohibited use is simply self-serving nonsense."

February 7, 2012

 

LightSquared files a petition with the FCC seeking technical standards for GPS receivers; claims GPS devices pick up signals from "other people's licensed spectrum."

January 19, 2012

 

U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) calls on the FCC to deny licensing to LightSquared after more testing confirms interference with GPS. Says Roberts, "While I will continue to support efforts to expand broadband across the U.S., particularly in underserved rural parts of Kansas, any proposal that could have negative impacts on aviation, navigation and safety, is unacceptable and cannot go forward without unequivocally proving that it doesn't interfere with these systems. The results are clear - the FCC should deny this license."

January 18, 2012

 

The Coalition to Save Our GPS comments that, "At each and every turn in this process, whenever LightSquared does not like a test result or ruling, it either seeks to change the parameters or cries foul - and frequently both. Today's LightSquared statement is more of the same. . . . LightSquared does not like the test results, so it is attacking the testers. . . .The technical evidence speaks for itself and no individual, company or government body can legitimately be blamed for the clear defects of LightSquared's ill-conceived proposal or the failure of that proposal to pass an extensive, fact-based review process."

January 18, 2012

 

In a press release, LightSquared says that the process used to test GPS devices by Air Force Space Command on behalf of the Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing Executive Committee (PNT EXCOM) was "rigged by manufacturers of GPS receivers and government end users to produce bogus results, and revealed details of the testing to document its accusations."

January 13, 2012

 

Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter and Deputy Secretary of Transportation John D. Porcari, co-chairs of the National Executive Committee for the PNT write the NTIA that it is the unanimous conclusion of the nine PNT federal departments and agencies that both LightSquared's original and modified plans "would cause harmful interference to many GPS receivers" and that "there appear to be no practical solutions or mitigations" that would solve the interference problem. The letter states that "no additional testing is warranted at this time."

December 31, 2011

 

President Obama signs the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012, which includes a provision introduced by U.S. Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio) prohibiting the FCC from approving LightSquared's plans unless it can determine that there will be no interference to military GPS devices and requiring the Secretary of Defense to report to Congress on interference with the military's use of the Global Positioning System (GPS) caused by a commercial communications service.

December 23, 2011

 

President Obama signs the Consolidated Appropriations Act for 2012 (Omnibus), which includes language introduced by U.S. Reps Steve Austria (R- Ohio) and Kevin Yoder (R- Kan.) prohibiting the FCC from spending money to give LightSquared a go-ahead until the agency has resolved concerns over the potential for interference to GPS.

December 20, 2011

 

LightSquared petitions the FCC for a declaratory ruling on an expedited basis that would confirm its right to use its licensed spectrum, and to "confirm that commercial GPS manufacturers have no right to interference protection from LightSquared's network since they are not licensed users of that spectrum."

December 14, 2011

 

In a statement, the technical steering group comprised of the nine federal departments and agencies that make up the Space-based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) writes that preliminary analysis of the tests required by the NTIA and FCC "found no significant interference with cellular phones" but that the "testing did show that LightSquared signals caused harmful interference to the majority of other tested general purpose GPS receivers."

December 14, 2011

 

The Coalition to Save Our GPS says LightSquared's proposal to make use of the upper 10MHz subject to the approval of the National PNT Executive Committee "is a constructive step" but that, "unfortunately, LightSquared ties its agreement to do that to being given the green light to proceed full steam ahead in the lower 10MHz, which is very premature." The Coalition adds: "Moreover, this proposal, along with LightSquared's various other proposals, still falls far short of a comprehensive resolution of the GPS interference issue."

December 12, 2011

 

LightSquared, in a letter to the FCC, proposes that in addition to needing the consent of the FCC to deploy in the upper 10MHz that such deployment also be subject to the "explicit consent" of the National PNT Executive Committee.

November 30, 2011

 

Senator Grassley, in a press statement, says that there was "nothing new on whether the FCC will provide the information I requested . . . As a result, my intention to place a hold on the FCC nominees, should they reach the floor, stands." His comments relate to the nomination of two FCC commissioners for Senate confirmation.

November 8, 2011

 

The Coalition to Save Our GPS, in a filing with the FCC, calls on the Commission to "promptly rule" that LightSquared can never use the upper mobile satellite spectrum (MSS) band for high-powered terrestrial operations. Such use of the upper band "should be taken off the table now," the filing said.

October 31 -
November 4, 2011

 

The National Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing Systems Engineering Forum (NPEF) conducts the NTIA and FCC-mandated tests at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.

October 5, 2011

 

Sen. Grassley asks LightSquared to turn over records relating to the company's communications with the White House and government agencies.

September 29, 2011

 

Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) asks the FCC who will pay to retrofit all federal, state, and local government GPS receivers with filters. "At a time when our national debt is skyrocketing and state and local budgets are stretched to the breaking point, socking taxpayers with a multi-billion dollar bill and extending large unfunded mandates to state and local governments sends the wrong message to the American people," he wrote in a letter to FCC Chairman Genachowski.

September 21, 2011

 

The Coalition to Save Our GPS responds to the LightSquared/Javad announcement, saying LightSquared has "oversimplified and greatly overstated the significance of the claims of a single vendor to have 'solved' the interference issue," and calls for testing of the prototype in the next round of testing of high-precision GPS receivers to verify LightSquared's claims.

September 21, 2011

 

LightSquared issues a press release announcing it has signed an agreement with Javad GNSS Inc. to develop a system that it says will eliminate related interference issues for high-precision GPS devices.

September 20, 2011

 

The Coalition to Save Our GPS calls on LightSquared to step forward and accept responsibility for bearing the full costs associated with any transition required to implement any solution.

September 20, 2011

 

Seven Republican members on the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee send letters to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) requesting documents related to the Administration's involvement with LightSquared.

September 16, 2011

 

U.S. Department of Defense issues a press release on concerns DoD officials have over LightSquared's planned network. The release reads, in part: "LightSquared's new terrestrial network has the potential to wreak havoc on GPS systems that are vital to the military and used in a host of applications, Teresa Takai, the DOD's chief information officer, and Air Force Gen. William L. Shelton, commander of Air Force Space Command, told members of the House Armed Services Committee's Subcommittee on Strategic Forces yesterday."

September 15, 2011

 

House Aviation Subcommittee Chairman Thomas Petri, R-Wis., in a letter to CEO Sanjiv Ahuja, complains of LightSquared's latest marketing campaign that inaccurately claims that GPS services are using the company's spectrum.

September 15, 2011

 

House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces holds a hearing where witnesses warn of high costs and national security concerns associated with the LightSquared network. U.S. Air Force General William Shelton said, "Based on the test results and analysis to date, the LightSquared network would effectively jam vital GPS receivers"... "And to our knowledge thus far, there are no mitigation options that would be effective in eliminating interference to essential GPS services in the United States." When asked about cost, Shelton said it would "be very safe to say that the cost would be in the b's – billions of dollars."

September 13, 2011

 

FCC issues a public notice calling for further testing of the LightSquared network and its revised roll-out plan.

September 9, 2011

 

Lawrence Strickling, head of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), calls for further testing of the LightSquared network to conclude by November 30. He calls for testing of cellular and personal/general navigation devices initially, noting that additional testing will be required for high-precision receivers once new equipment that might address the interference issue is available for testing.

September 9, 2011

 

The Coalition to Save Our GPS calls LightSquared's announcement a "positive step" while noting that it has not been adequately tested and still leaves a huge gap because it does not solve interference to high-precision GPS receivers

September 8, 2011

 

U.S. House Science, Space and Technology Committee holds a hearing entitled "Impacts of the LightSquared Network on Federal Science Activities," where representatives from U.S. agencies call for more testing of LightSquared's revised plan.

September 7, 2011

 

In a filing with the FCC, LightSquared offers a revised roll-out plan - it's third of the year - to limit the power level from its signals.

August 15, 2011

 

FCC public comment period officially closes.

August 10, 2011

 

FCC Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) requests additional technical information from LightSquared and the GPS Industry Council.

August 3, 2011

 

James Schlesinger, chairman of the National Executive Committee for Space-Based Positioning, Navigation & Timing and Dr. Bradford Parkinson, co-chair, write in an FCC filing that LightSquared's plans would cause "great harm" and ask the FCC to rescind its conditional approval for the project.

July 29, 2011

 

Reps. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Brian Bilbray (R-Calif.) urge FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski in a letter "to consider carefully the interference concerns regarding LightSquared's network, which have been raised by the GPS industry and federal agencies who are responsible for our security and our national wellbeing."

July 19, 2011

 

The European Commission sends a letter to the FCC expressing "deep concern" about possible interference by LightSquared to Galileo, Europe's planned space-based navigation system, and to aviation navigation equipment.

July 12, 2011

 

FAA report warns that LightSquared's revised roll-out plan does not sufficiently mitigate interference with some GPS devises used in aviation, and in the next 10 years could cause 794 deaths and more than $72 billion in additional costs to U.S. taxpayers.

July 1, 2011

 

The Coalition to Save Our GPS response to LightSquared, "LightSquared's 'Recommendation' Document: A Review," points out that LightSquared's new proposal had never been discussed with TWG during its months of testing, questions the credibility of LightSquared's new proposal given the TWG test results and asks what LightSquared had disclosed when to the FCC when it sought the conditional waiver.

June 30, 2011

 

Simultaneously with the TWG report, LightSquared files a document, "Recommendation of LightSquared Subsidiary LLC," in which it agrees that the tests show substantial interference in the higher MSS band, but proposes an entirely new deployment scenario that centers on using the lower MSS band and castigates "the commercial GPS receiver industry."

June 30, 2011

 

FCC issues public notice announcing a comment period for the LightSquared/GPS matter. Comments should be filed no later than July 30, 2011, and reply comments by August 15, 2011.

June 30, 2011

 

FCC-mandated Technical Working Group (TWG) report is filed, showing widespread GPS interference.

June 23, 2011

 

The Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC), representing 29 national construction industry groups, sends a letter to Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood requesting his "active engagement to block the Federal Communication Commission from considering this unusual waiver."

June 23, 2011

 

The Senate Armed Services Committee's National Defense Authorization bill for fiscal year 2012 includes language that would require the Secretary of Defense to report quarterly to Congress if any commercial communications services are causing or will cause widespread interference with national security GPS receivers. It expresses the sense of Congress that reliable provision of navigation and timing signals by GPS satellites owned and operated by the Department of Defense is critical to the economy, public health and safety, and the national security of the United States.

June 23, 2011

 

The House Appropriations Committee approves the fiscal year 2012 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill, which includes an amendment introduced by U.S. Rep. Steve Austria (R-Ohio) that prohibits funding for the FCC to remove conditions on or permit certain commercial broadband operations until the FCC has resolved concerns of harmful interference by these operations on GPS devices. The amendment is adopted on a voice vote.

June 23, 2011

 

In a hearing of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Aviation and the Subcommittee on the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, representatives of three members of the Coalition to Save Our GPS call on Congress to put a stop to deployment of LightSquared's planned broadband network in spectrum that threatens to disrupt GPS signals. Top officials from the Departments of Defense and Transportation also express strong concerns.

June 22, 2011

 

An economic study by Dr. Nam D. Pham of the Washington, D.C.-based NDP Consulting Group finds that more than 3.3 million U.S. jobs in agriculture and industries rely heavily on GPS technology and the disruption of interference with GPS posed by LightSquared's planned deployment of 40,000 ground stations threatens direct economic costs of up to $96 billion to U.S. commercial GPS users and manufacturers. A John Deere spokesman comments: "We currently do not see a solution to the interference within our use of the GPS....The technical solutions aren't there at this time."

June 20, 2011

 

LightSquared announces what it claims is a "comprehensive solution to the problem of interference with GPS." The Coalition to Save Our GPS issues a statement explaining that it's no solution at all, describing it as a "Hail Mary" move.

June 15, 2011

 

The National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC), files a report confirming that "interference to public safety operations will occur" if LightSquared's plans are allowed to proceed. According to the report, "Denial-of-GPS-Service to portable devices represents perhaps the largest concern to the Public Safety market. Officers rely on 'Man-Down' signaling for immediate response under life and death situations. In certain circumstances, an officer may be unable to voice their location; GPS tracking is the only backup they may have for rescue or aid."

June 15, 2011

 

LightSquared requests – and is granted – a two-week FCC extension to file a report on interference by the Technical Working Group. Its deadline is now July 1, 2011.

June 14, 2011

 

U.S. Rep. Charles F. Bass (R-N.H.) and two colleagues send a letter to the FCC urging it to rescind LightSquared's waiver if testing and comment periods fail to show conclusive evidence that interference will not occur.

June 10, 2011

 

Thirty-six U.S. Representative co-sign a letter to the FCC outlining the importance of GPS in aviation and asking the Commission to take all necessary steps to ensure the protection of GPS.

June 9, 2011

 

The National Space-Based PNT Advisory Board holds a meeting to discuss results of two sets of extensive government tests of LightSquared's impact on GPS signal. The results are devastating. In 46 tests "all the GPS receivers" were affected by LightSquared's signals, according to FAA official Deane Bunce. Trimble's Jim Kirkland represents the Coalition at the meeting. Peter Marquez, vice president at Orbital Sciences Corp, says that "Time travel is more likely...than mitigating this issue."

June 9, 2011

 

In written testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee, Leon Panetta vows to "work with the FCC to ensure GPS remains accessible to support national security, public safety, and the economy" if he is confirmed as Secretary of Defense.

June 3, 2011

 

RTCA, a nonprofit research group, submits a report to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), finding that "The impact of a LightSquared...deployment is expected to be complete loss of GPS receiver function."

May 31, 2011

 

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski responds to request from U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa). Grassley is not satisfied because the letter does not provide the information he requested.

May 27, 2011

 

Deere & Co. reports to the FCC that during testing it suffered "a complete loss of service" to the GPS systems of its tractors at ranges between four miles and 22 miles of a LightSquared tower.

May 25, 2011

 

Led by U.S. Reps. Randy Neugebauer (R-Texas), Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), Steve Austria (R-Ohio), and Ralph Hall (R-Texas), 66 members of the U.S. House of Representatives send a letter to the FCC requesting that the Commission only grant final approval to LightSquared if the company can prove its service will not interfere with GPS technology.

May 20, 2011

 

Led by Sens. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), 33 U.S. Senators send a letter to the FCC asking Chairman Julius Genachowski to revoke a waiver granted to LightSquared, and to do all that is necessary to protect GPS.

May 14, 2011

 

National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) passes in committee and includes language introduced by U.S. Rep. Michael Turner (R-Ohio) requiring the Secretary of Defense to notify Congress if he determines there is widespread interference with the military's use of GPS.

May 11, 2011

 

New Mexico's E-911 Program Director Bill Range sends a letter to the FCC reporting that during testing a LightSquared tower knocks out GPS signals in some areas.

April 27, 2011

 

U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) sends a letter to the FCC seeking more information about its review of LightSquared's proposal, which he calls "controversial" because of "questions about whether or not it will block GPS technology."

March 25, 2011

 

Top officials from the U.S. Departments of Transportation and Defense send a letter to the FCC expressing concerns over GPS interference by LightSquared, "strongly" advising the FCC to perform a "comprehensive study of all the potential interference" issues to GPS.

March 23, 2011

 

Lt. Gen. Michael Basla expresses Air Force concerns that LightSquared could interfere with GPS receivers. "Can you imagine if we have to change a half billion receivers?" he asks at a Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce meeting.

March 23, 2011

 

The Coalition to Save Our GPS announces its membership has more than doubled in two weeks, with new members such as UPS, TomTom, the American Car Rental Association, and four key aviation groups.

March 15, 2011

 

Gen. William L. Shelton, U.S. Air Force Space Command, testifies before the Subcommittee on Strategic Forces of the House Committee on Armed Services. He says, "We believe from what we've seen thus far that virtually every GPS receiver out there would be affected."

March 11, 2011

 

U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science holds hearing in which Jim Kirkland, vice president and general counsel to Trimble, a founding member of the coalition, testifies. He says "the new system [should] not be deployed unless it can be conclusively guaranteed that the GPS users are fully protected from radio interference."

March 10, 2011

 

Coalition to Save Our GPS launches.

January 26, 2011

 

The Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) International Bureau grants a conditional waiver to LightSquared allowing the dramatic expansion of terrestrial use of the mobile satellite spectrum (MSS) immediately neighboring that of the Global Positioning System (GPS) – utilizing extremely high-powered ground-based transmissions that could potentially cause severe interference to hundreds of millions of GPS receivers.

November 18, 2010

 

LightSquared applies for a modification of its Ancillary Terrestrial Component (ATC) authorization.

 
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