Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Ralph Hall (R-TX) and Investigations and Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Paul Broun (R-GA) today released the following joint statement after an announcement by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that they intend to suspend LightSquared LLC's conditional waiver to operate a ground-based network that could interfere with the Global Positioning System (GPS).
The recent decision by the FCC to suspend LightSquared's conditional waiver to operate as a ground-based network is the right decision. Rigorous testing found that the network would interfere with GPS -- especially high-precision receivers used by the scientific community. Opening up more spectrum for broadband remains a national interest, but not at the expense of GPS. This is, however, a two way street. GPS receiver manufacturers, users, and agencies also have to be mindful that spectrum scarcity will continue to be a challenge and must work together to efficiently utilize spectrum. Thankfully, the FCC's decision will help ensure that the United States maintains its leadership in positioning, navigation, and timing."