LightSquared Inc. was preparing Sunday to file for bankruptcy protection after negotiations with lenders to avoid a potential debt default faltered, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. LightSquared is the company that received a conditional waiver from the FCC to build a wireless network on a spectrum that interfered with GPS, a move fought vehemently by general aviation advocacy groups.
Garmin officials are celebrating the company’s latest milestone: It has sold more than 100 million of its products to pilots, motorists, boaters, runners, cyclists, golfers, hikers, hunters, and geocachers — who all depend on Garmin to help show the way.
LightSquared, a company that wants to build a network of 40,000 land-based towers i the U.S. for high-speed wireless transmissions, is continuing its fight. In a recent filing with the Federal Communications Commission, company officials state that a ruling proposed by the FCC staff that would effectively revoke LightSquared’s license to operate its network is “entirely unsupported by the law, science, and FCC policy and precedent.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sen. Chuck Grassley and Rep. Michael Turner have asked the National Telecommunications and Information Administration to account for how much taxpayer money the federal government spent to test LightSquared’s wireless network for interference with GPS and government telecommunications devices.
Adventure Pilot is now shipping its new premium GPS navigation device for general aviation pilots. The new iFly 720 builds on popular features from the iFly 700, while new features include sunlight readability, automated Wi-Fi updating and iFly Streets.
Billionaire Philip Falcone’s LightSquared wireless venture is cutting 45% of its jobs — about 150 positions — after the Federal Communications Commission rejected its plan to start operating, after finding that the proposed network interferes with GPS signals, according to a Bloomberg News report. Company officials said the move was intended to reduce costs while it works to resolve the regulatory objections.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — After long and detailed — and often contentious — efforts to work out a safe way for LightSquared to build a network of about 40,000 land-based towers in the U.S. for high-speed wireless transmissions without interfering with GPS, the battle seems to be nearing a satisfactory conclusion for general aviation and others using GPS.
The Federal Communication System is expected to rescind a conditional waiver issued to LightSquared last year after it was informed on Feb. 14 by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) that there is no practical way to prevent interference of GPS frequencies from the planned LightSquared network. Industry observers note this could be a death knell for LightSquared’s plan.
The Hill is reporting that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has moved to reject LightSquared’s planned wireless network after the president’s top adviser on telecom issues said there is “no practical way” to prevent the network from disrupting GPS devices. Read the full report here.
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association President Craig Fuller offered recommendations on new protections needed to preserve GPS’s critical role in the national airspace system in testimony today before a House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s aviation subcommittee hearing.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The House Subcommittee on Aviation, chaired by U.S. Rep. Tom Petri (R-Wis.) will hold a hearing Wednesday to review the Global Positioning System (GPS) as a critical part of transportation infrastructure.