Earlier this week week there were some pretty harsh accusations passed down regarding LightSquared and their GPS disruption in government tests – what we’re hearing from the CEO of LightSquared today is that they’re both baffled by the accusations and have done nothing but nice things for bunnies and kitties since they were born, basically. What mister Sanjiv Ahuja, CEO of LightSquared, notes today is that not only have they had the legal and regulatory right to use their spectrum “for eight years over two administrations,” they’ve found that the testing mentioned in the reports from earlier this month did not come from their own spectrum, but from from GPS devices looking into spectrum also licensed to LightSquared.
All that make sense to you so far, all that make it alright to have disrupted the GPS of poor defenseless little navigation machines across the nation? It’s not quite so simple as that, folks, and as Ahuja notes, the team at LightSquared has been working to fix the problem which, as you’ll see him say, isn’t of their making in the first place. In other words: LightSquared didn’t do it! Have a peek at this paragraph written up by Ahuja himself:
“The testing further confirmed that the interference issues are not caused by LightSquared’s spectrum, but by GPS devices looking into spectrum that is licensed to LightSquared. We have taken extraordinary measures — and at extraordinary expense — to solve a problem that is not of our making. We continue to believe that LightSquared and GPS can co-exist. And we will continue to work with the federal government on a solution that will allow us to begin investing $14 billion in private money into the infrastructure of America to create jobs, competition and increased access to technology to the nation.” – Ahuja
The issues brought up in the case earlier were regarding a terrain avoidance system, they say, and as they “profoundly disagree with the conclusions drawn with respect to general navigation devices,” so too do they say we should just forget about it. We’ll see how this continues to play out and if the FAA will enjoy this message as they work with LightSquared to fix up any future abnormalities.