Coalition to Save GPS Created
Back in January the FCC granted a conditional waiver to LightSquared, allowing them to “expansion of terrestrial use of the satellite spectrum immediately neighboring that of GPS” according to the new coalition. LightSquared is building up to 40,000 ground stations which will transmit broadband signals up to one billion times more powerful than the GPS satellites as measured from earth and could produce dead spots for GPS receivers surrounding those ground stations.
So far many companies and organizations have joined the new coalition including the Aeronautical Repair Stations Association, Air Transport Association, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, American Rental Association, Associated Equipment Distributors, Association of Equipment Manufacturers, Case New Holland, Caterpillar Inc., Edison Electric Institute, Esri, Garmin, General Aviation Manufacturers Association, Deere & Company, National Association of Manufacturers, OmniSTAR, and Trimble.
To learn more you can check out the Coalition to Save GPS.
Notice that all of the companies have large interests in the “commercial” end of GPS products and we don’t see any pure-play consumer facing companies like Magellan/MiTac, nor TomTom. Perhaps we don’t see companies like TomTom due to their European roots, or perhaps they feel well represented by the larger associations involved.