Even though LightSquared claims it has no doubt of being given approval for establishing its mobile broadband network, it fears bad publicity more like a company worried that any bad publicity might swing the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) vote against it.
LightSquared has asked for a federal investigation into who leaked results of government organized testing to determine whether Global Positioning Systems can be negatively affected by LightSquared’s proposed network band next to the GPS band. LightSquared contends it was a government official who supposedly leaked the most negative aspects of the testing. A final report from the testing has not been released, and a second batch of testing is scheduled for January.
"This (leak) came from someone inside the government process, and it's an outrage, and LightSquared is extremely disappointed," said Martin Harriman, executive vice president of ecosystem development and satellite business, as quoted by PCWorld magazine online.
The organized opposition to LightSquared’s proposal of a terrestrial mobile network is the Coalition to Save Our GPS, which has a large number of agricultural business members. LightSquared continues to claim the coalition has no leg to stand on about GPS reception being interfered with, although non-government testing has shown otherwise.
LightSquared claims the only interference problems are with high-precision GPS devices, which includes the controllers used for guidance in precision agriculture equipment. But LightSquared further claims tests that have shown interference were not at the power levels the company will be operating its mobile network.
The Coalition to Save Our GPS members have not stopped at lobbying the FCC but are also talking to members of Congress.