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LightSquared's 4G LTE network faces new opposition from aviation industry

News by Dan Seifert on Wednesday February 08, 2012.

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LightSquared has not had it easy so far in its attempts to get its proposed 4G LTE network approved by the government and off the ground, and it doesn't look like it will be getting any easier any time soon. In addition to facing intense opposition from the GPS industry, LightSquared is now getting heat from the aviation industry, which has decided to throw its hat into the ring.

In a written testimony for a House of Representatives hearing on whether or not LightSquared's 4G network should gain approval, Thomas Hendricks, senior vice president at Airlines for America, a trade group for the airline industry, said that the proposed network would have "ruinous effects" on aviation because of interference. The airline industry is making the same argument against LightSquared's network as the GPS industry: that it will cause harmful interference with existing GPS and navigational systems.

LightSquared's rebuttal to that argument is that the airline industry is using data provided by the GPS industry, and that it has already come up with a number of solutions to the interference that may be caused by the network. So far, LightSquared's proposed solutions have not been enough to convince the government that its network should gain approval, so the debate continues. [via Bloomberg]

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