04/07/2011

New wireless network may compromise squad-car GPS

Manufacturers of GPS equipment warn that strong signals from the network could jam existing navigation systems

By Joelle Tessler
Chicago Sun-Times

WASHINGTON — A new, ultra-fast wireless Internet network is threatening to overpower GPS signals across the U.S. and interfere with everything from airplanes to police cars to consumer navigation devices.

The problem stems from a recent government decision to let a Virginia company called LightSquared build a nationwide broadband network using airwaves next to those used for GPS. Manufacturers of GPS equipment warn that strong signals from the planned network could jam existing navigation systems.

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