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"We request that the Commission only approve LightSquared's waiver (to offer service) if it can be indisputably proven that there will be no GPS interference, "

- Part of a letter signed by a bipartisan group of 66 House members
   Communications Daily - June 8, 2011

"We want to see the complete report"..."However, the executive summary confirms what we believe, that LightSquared's terrestrial-based system interferes with aviation GPS, which is a major public safety issue."

- Bobby Sturgell, a former acting FAA administrator commenting on report given to FAA
   The Washington Post, High-tech problems reach a higher plane - June 6, 2011

"I fully support stronger broadband signals, particularly in rural areas, but this proposal could cause widespread interference to nearby GPS receivers because the spectrum used by LightSquared is adjacent to the spectrum used by GPS. The International Bureau has not required LightSquared to objectively demonstrate non-interference to GPS from these ground stations, and that is the problem."

- Sen. Pat Roberts
   Op-ed piece written by Sen. Pat Roberts for Kansas City Star - May 28, 2011

"GPS is a critical technology relied upon by millions of Americans businesses in the aviation, agriculture, and construction industries and the U.S. Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, and Transportation", "Interfering with its frequencies carries significant risks both for our economy and our public safety."

- U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.)
   Communications Daily - May 25, 2011

"GPS is integral to the functioning of our economy, and is essential for public safety. To ensure full protection that GPS service is not compromised in any way, we request the full Commission require LightSquared to demonstrate non-interference of GPS as a condition prior to any operation of its proposed service, and we request the Commission rescind LightSquared's waiver until this demonstration can be made,"

- excerpt from Bipartisan letter signed by 33 Senate Republicans and Democrats
   Letter sent to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski - May 23, 2011

"GPS is integral to the functioning of our economy, and is essential for public safety. To ensure full protection that GPS service is not compromised in any way, we request the full Commission require LightSquared to demonstrate non-interference of GPS as a condition prior to any operation of its proposed service, and we request the Commission rescind LightSquared's waiver until this demonstration can be made,"

- Senator Chuck Grassley (R- Iowa)
   Press Release issued by Senator Grassley's office - May 17, 2011

"There are significant potential issues with this that need to be aired, and I'm hopeful the commission will have a process that will allow for both sides in this debate to have their views considered and to ensure that a proper decision is made"

- Rep. Charlie Bass, R-N.H
   SATELLITE WEEK - May 16, 2011

"When it comes to GPS spectrum, government agencies must consult with the Defense Department on any effects. Our servicemembers who are on the ground in two wars count on an uninterrupted GPS capability to do their jobs."

- U.S. Rep. Michael Turner (R-Ohio)
   May 13, 2011

"We are concerned with this lack of inclusiveness regarding input from federal stakeholders. In particular, active engagement with DOD and DOT, the national stewards and global providers of [GPS], is essential to protect this ubiquitous defense, transportation and economic utility as the [work group] proceeds."

- John D. Porcari, Deputy Secretary of Transportation & William J. Lynn, Deputy Secretary of Defense
   Letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski - March 25, 2011

"We believe from what we've seen thus far that virtually every GPS receiver out there would be affected."

- Gen. William Shelton, head of Air Force Space Command
   Hearing of the Strategic Forces Subcommittee of the House armed Services Committee - March 15, 2011

"I'm all for the type of low-cost, widely available, wireless, high-speed Internet access that LightSquared is promising, but not at the cost of disabling GPS."

- Fred Zahradnik
   "Will Wireless Internet Provider Put GPS Signal at Risk?," About.com - March 10, 2011

"A new high-speed wireless network given initial approval for installation across the nation could cause severe disruptions to GPS signals, rendering everything from car-navigation systems to jet-flight controls useless, industry groups and government agencies charge."

- Alan Levin
   "High-speed wireless vs. GPS?; New network could disrupt car, jet navigation, trade groups say," USA Today -    March 10, 2011

"...for many GPS advocates in government and industry, LightSquared has become a mortal threat to a system that now counts hundreds of millions of user terminals and has become indispensable for industrial applications including precision agriculture and commercial air traffic."

- Peter B deSelding
   "LightSquared Plans Hinge on Outcome of GPS Interference Debate," Space News - March 4, 2011

"A planned nationwide 4G broadband service threatens to cause 'widespread, severe GPS jamming,' according to a recent GPS industry study."

"Planned 4G Service Could Cause Widespead GPS Jamming," CBS Los Angeles - March 3, 2011

"Within three to five miles on the ground and within 12 miles in the air, GPS is jammed by those towers... If we allow that system to be fielded and it does indeed jam GPS, think about the impact. We're hopeful we can find a solution, but physics being physics we don't see a solution right now. LightSquared has got to prove that they can operate with GPS and we're hoping the FCC does the right thing."

- Gen. William Shelton, head of Air Force Space Command
   "USAF Concerned About GPS Interference from LightSquard," Flight International -  February 22, 2011

"GPS has become a key component of the U.S. national infrastructure, the driver of a significant part of the civilian economies of the world, and the enabler of millions of professional precision uses and consumer benefits. The viability of the GPS signal is now threatened—ironically by what appears to be a misguided attempt to increase accessibility to broadband by creating a needless zero-sum result for customers who want both services.


"Some obvious impacts are loss of operational viability of businesses involved in aviation, surveying, agriculture, engineering and construction, vehicle navigation, mariners, transportation, public safety and homeland security, disaster management, utilities, mapping, and scientific research. Several of these involve safety-of-life issues, which are at risk of being jammed."


- Joe Paiva
  "Act Now to Protect GPS Signal," GPS World, -  February 23, 2011

"What would you rather have - superfast data connection on your mobile phone, or a reliable GPS signal to pinpoint your location? If a plan to install a network of base stations for the new 4G mobile wireless protocol goes ahead, it may mean you can have one but not the other."


- Jeff Hecht
  "4G Network 'Will Create GPS Dead Zones Across the US,'" Gizmodo - February 24, 2011

"Super-fast "fourth generation" networks carry data at speeds of up to 1 Gigabit per second. But the new network from LightSquared may take the high-flying GPS network to zero Gbps -- potentially preventing air-traffic control towers from keeping track of aircraft, the military from accurately relaying locations or ambulances from showing up at the right house after a 911 call."


- Garrett Tenney
  "Fast New Smartphone Network May Threaten GPS, FCC Fears," FoxNews.com - February 23, 2011


"A proposed faster U.S. cellphone network could interfere with global positioning systems, creating GPS 'dead zones' across the country, researchers say."


- "Cellphone network said threat to GPS," UPI
  February 22, 2011

"Be it negligence, ignorance, or malicious intent, the blatant disregard for the evidence that LightSquared's broadcasting equipment would interfere with existing GPS infrastructure is a bad sign."


- Russell Holley
  "Will the FCC allow LTE to destroy GPS?," Geek.com - February 14, 2011
 
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