Sep 21, 2014
Home| Tools| Events| Blogs| Discussions| Sign UpLogin

CornCollegeBanner home

GPS Battle Continues

January 7, 2012
By: Rhonda Brooks, Farm Journal Seeds & Production Editor
cell phone tower

Proponents of the Virginia-based LightSquared, a fourth-generation wireless broadband network, say its technology will revolutionize the U.S. wireless industry. Opponents, including much of the agricultural commu-nity, contend the new system will disable or cripple a variety of GPS navigation and timing functions.

A press release distributed by a group called Coalition to Save Our GPS says a recent sampling of U.S. departments and agencies indicates the deployment of the LightSquared network would cost $245 billion based on its negative impact on GPS uses by the federal government alone.

The coalition reports that this total dollar amount is based on a number of costs collectively. These include: the federal government’s investment of at least $47 billion in GPS infrastructure and devices; an estimated $160 billion in public safety, efficiency and socio-economic benefits that would be at risk; and $38 billion incurred for GPS device and infrastructure replacement, as well as increased costs because of efficiency losses.

For more information on the ongoing GPS users versus LightSquared issue, visit

See Comments

FEATURED IN: Farm Journal - January 2012

Log In or Sign Up to comment


No comments have been posted



The Home Page of Agriculture
© 2014 Farm Journal, Inc. All Rights Reserved|Web site design and development by|Site Map|Privacy Policy|Terms & Conditions