A company planning to provide a new kind of national wireless communication service has set off a firestorm within the agricultural, aircraft, and national security arenas.
These industries fear potential interference to GPS receivers from the recently launched LightSquared communications network.
LightSquared is a company that plans to provide a wholesale, nationwide 4G-LTE wireless broadband network integrated with satellite coverage. The plan is to cover all parts of the U.S. with wireless service, with the intent that even remote rural areas would have 4G services via satellite when its standard terrestrial service would not reach customers.
LightSquared would combine existing mobile satellite communications services with a ground-based wireless communications network that uses the same radio spectrum as the satellites. Last January, the Federal Communications Commission gave LightSquared conditional approval to build out its ground-based wireless network.