Phil Falcone’s Lightsquared May Have Some Kinks To Work Out

Nothing huge but the network might “cause devastating interference” to GPS devices.

A new set of government tests showed that LightSquared’s proposed mobile broadband network disrupted the signal strength to all GPS devices in the test area, dealing another setback to the company’s startup plans. While all global-positioning system devices tested were affected, the severity of the loss of service varied, said Deane Bunce, co-chair of the National PNT Engineering Forum, a federal advisory group of engineers that oversaw the government tests. Mr. Bunce, speaking at a federal government advisory group hearing Thursday, said some devices lost signal strength while others were knocked out completely. For example, the government tests found that General Motors Co.’s OnStar system saw a “significant degradation of service” on most receivers tested.


LightSquared’s airwaves are located close to the airwaves used by GPS receivers, which can be overpowered by the wireless start-up’s signals. “It will cause interference. It will cause devastating interference,” said James Kirkland, vice president and general counsel of Trimble Navigation Ltd., a GPS maker. “There is not a solution here. In our view it’s time to stop squandering resources on this and find alternative spectrum for them.”…The government tests suggest that LightSquared’s GPS issues are more wide-spread than previously known. Last week, construction giant Deere & Co. reported that during recent testing in New Mexico, LightSquared’s network hobbled it’s GPS systems more than 20 miles away. Local law enforcement also reported police cars and ambulances lost GPS signals.


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18 Responses to “Phil Falcone’s Lightsquared May Have Some Kinks To Work Out”

  1. Guy who gets lost regardless says:

    I’d invest in Lightsquare

  2. Guy who still doesnt get OUTS says:

    Do we do it here?

  3. Non-Entity Hedge Fund Manager says:

    Don’t worry about Phil. He’ll be back with a new fund before the 2013 Robin Hood Foundation soiree.

    – Guy who has already seen this showP.S. Is this dance the hedge fund shuffle?

  4. Contrarioninvestor says:

    Time for IPO.

    -UBS banker

  5. Guest says:

    Perhaps the US Defense Department or the Russians would be interested in this technology?

    –Guy who likes to make silk purses out of sow’s ears

  6. United Nations says:

    We have our Landcruisers in route now. These square lights might cause brain cancer and it’s our job to make sure we study it if it might cause cancer, because that’s what we do. 

  7. Falconned says:

    I have some bearer share certificates issued by Falcone that no broker would accept, and it is interfering with my net worth. Should I be concerned?
    — Investor who should have stayed away from a fund named Harbinger

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  9. I've Got Wood says:

    Speaking of Kinks, have you seen Lisa lately? The bitch is kinky

  10. Suasage King Of Greenwich says:

    Falcone, I have placed a lien on all of your vital organs as well as your eyes and facial skin (in case I get mauled by a chimp named chompers). 

    /Heavily invested in Harbinger

  11. Duh says:

    The obvious solution is to scrap GPS.

  12. Catslovedogs says:

    GPS satellites: 10,988 miles away from the receiver and 25.6 watts.  DeathStar: 40,000 towers, as close as say 100 feet away, broadcasting 1,500 watts each.  Spectrum is in close proximity to each other.  HELLO?  Was I the only one awake in 10th grade science class?