Continued concern over GPS interference is threatening LightSquared's business plan--or at least the part of it that depends on the FCC's financial support.
After hearing a stream of witnesses testify that LightSquared's proposed hybrid satellite/4G wireless network threatens existing GPS systems, the House Appropriations Committee moved to attach a funding bill amendment that blocks the FCC from spending any money to grant the carrier a rules waiver necessary to build the network.
The amendment now moves to the full House for a vote.
Ohio Congressman Steve Austria emphasized that the bill "does not prohibit expanding broadband services, but ensures it is done in a responsible manner and does not interfere with existing GPS technology that we depend on each day."
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