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General blows whistle on Obama deal with Lightsquared's new bandwidth - media hears nothing.

I hope this man watches his back very, very carefully. It would be lovely to see him testify at the treason trial.

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Great article-

It's hardly about the technology as much as it's about the typical tactics bought and paid for Obama uses to pay back his billionaire supporters and the media's silence. Obama subverts-media hushes it up.

Lightsquared is another in a long list with Solendra, Beacon, et al , all bankrupt "investments". Fishy's right. If I was Gen. Sheldon, hell-it'd be stupid not to what his back-technology notwithstanding

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Honestly, it's not that

Honestly, it's not that simple. Like I said elsewhere, there were literally tens, if not hundreds of people voicing the exact same concerns (and probably many of them before this guy was). This whole deal was contingent on tests by Light Squared and those in the government and industry showing that Light Squared would not interfere with GPS. Tests by government and industry indicated otherwise, so the plan was scrapped.

There is a very strong incentive both within government and industry to preserve the integrity of GPS. GPS is part of the national infrastructure, and without it (or a degraded/unusable version of it), many things in modern day society would simply cease to function (e.g., cell phone base towers, smart grid power distribution, timing for financial transactions, etc.).

With that said, I think this issue is a bit different than Solyndra, etc. I don't think there's anything wrong with asking a company to prove its service doesn't interfere with another service (in this case, GPS) as long as their analysis is indeed correct. That's why it's important to have all stakeholders perform their own independent studies to come to the correct conclusion (and that was what was done in the end). End result: Light Squared, no more.

Not to muddy the water, but

this issue is a NOT much different than Solyndra. It is just another example of the GOP misrepresenting the facts.

The unprecedented drop in price of solar panels cost Solyndra its

September 14, 2011 - 12:01am

Testimony of Jonathan Silver, Executive Director Loan Programs Office,
U.S. Department of Energy Before the Subcommittee on Oversight and
Investigations Committee on Energy and Commerce U.S. House of


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Not that it really matters,

Not that it really matters, but I think it's a bit different. To name just a few:

*The government invested money in Solyndra, the government did no such thing with Light Squared.
*The government said repeatedly that Light Squared could operate if it could prove that its network would not interfere with GPS to a variety of organizations (both private sector and government).

I'm not saying Light Squared wasn't just another form of crony capitalism, but it isn't on the same level as Solyndra. In this case, the integrity of GPS was protected, and that is a good thing.

So nothing is going to come

So nothing is going to come out of this you think? Man!

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Too cryptic...what do you think?

Had I said something about something coming out of this or not I would have said so. But I didn't. Apparently, you do? Go for it!

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Still important though, I'm

Still important though, I'm in the GIS industry and this was a huge deal that caused a lot of anger in the private sector.

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I'm not saying it's not

I'm not saying it's not important, but the way the statement preceding the link was phrased, it made it sound like the guy needed to fear for his life. In reality, there were tens, if not hundreds of people, saying the exact same thing.

There has been a "cleaning house" of military recently

and we are a long way from a treason trial.

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What's your point?

What's your point?

As evidenced by the date,

As evidenced by the date, this is old news.

Your statement, "I hope this man watches his back very, very carefully. It would be lovely to see him testify at the treason trial.", is kind of misleading. Having worked in this community for the past several years, the issues with LightSquared were well-known and not any kind of secret. They have not been allowed to proceed with their plans due to the effects it would have had on GPS, which is part of the national infrastructure.

But, like I said, this is OLD news.

It was the first I heard about it.

I heard about the bandwidth allotment, but not a word about the General.

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If you're interested in the

If you're interested in the issue and would like to read more, head over to scholar.google.com and search for something like: light squared gps interference. You should get >100 results.

Allotment of the frequency spectrum is going to be a growing issue for years to come.