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U.S. “Coalition To Save Our Gps”

The U.S. Farm Equipment Manufacturers Assn. (FEMA) has joined a wide variety of industries and companies supporting the efforts of the “Coalition to Save Our GPS” in an effort to resolve what it says is a serious threat to Global Positioning Systems (GPS).

FEMA says the threat stems from a recent U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decision to grant a conditional waiver that allows a company called LightSquared to use a satellite spectrum immediately neighbouring that of GPS, potentially causing severe interference to millions of GPS receivers.

On March 11, a founding member of the coalition told a House subcommittee that the recent action by the FCC could cause “consequences of disruption” to GPS that will be “far reaching, likely to affect large portions of the population and the federal government.”

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