Association of Equipment Manufacturers

3/10/2011
Advisor Newsletters - AEM Advisor

GPS Issue Gaining Attention in National Media

A recent Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decision that could affect GPS has been gaining national media attention and was recently featured in a USA Today article. The decision could have negative effects for AEM members who use GPS in their equipment as well as general GPS users. The article mentions The Coalition to Save Our GPS, an advocacy group that AEM helped to organize, and quotes AEM member company Trimble.

Our president recently wrote about the FCC decision and how it could impact GPS users. In addition, AEM recently hosted a briefing of industry groups and member companies to discuss the next steps in ensuring the industry's concerns are heard by the FCC.

The issue at hand is that the FCC granted a waiver for a new company to build a new broadband network. Industry groups and governmental agencies feel that the spectrum the new network runs on is too close to the GPS spectrum and could cause significant interference. One significant concern is the new company itself was put in charge of the process and was given only a few months to evaluate the interference issue. GPS providers believe this issue needs to be studied objectively and much more extensively than this time will allow.


Read the USA Today Article

Article by AEM’s Agricultural Sector VP

Additional Background on the GPS Issue [pdf]

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