Wednesday, June 22, 2011

House Committee Acts to Halt Any FCC Expenditures Related to LightSquared

The U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee voted unanimously to prevent the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from expending any funds related to a conditional waiver it granted to LightSquared until all concerns have been resolved about interference with Global Positioning System (GPS).

The "Coalition to Save Our GPS" noted the ongoing concern about harmful interference to GPS systems if the FCC permits LightSquared to deploy 40,000 ground stations using adjacent spectrum. The amendment was offered by U.S. Reps. Steve Austria (R-Ohio) and Kevin Yoder (R-Kan.) and was part of the Financial Services Appropriations Subcommittee's bill.