The ‘solution’ to the interference of a new wholesale wireless and satellite network with Global Positioning System technology used by agriculture, aviation, the military and many others is no solution, according to those opposing the proposed network.

LightSquared, the nation’s first wholesale-only integrated wireless broadband and satellite network, this week outlined a “comprehensive solution” to the problem of its system’s interference with Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers. According to the company, this solution is to change frequencies it says “will greatly reduce the risk for (GPS) interference.”

According to LightSquared: “Test results show this lower block of frequencies is largely free of interference issues with the exception of a limited number of high precision GPS receivers that are specifically designed to rely on LightSquared’s spectrum.”

Jim Kirkland, vice president and general counsel for Trimble, a leading provider of GPS technology, said the solution “borders on bizarre.”

“LightSquared’s supposed solution is nothing more than a ‘Hail Mary move,” said Kirkland. “Confining its operations to a lower Mobile Satellite Service band still interferes with many GPS receivers in addition to the precision receivers LightSquared concedes will be affected.

“The government report results submitted to date already prove this. It is time for LightSquared to move out of the MSS band,” the Trimble attorney said.

Barry Schaffter, senior vice president and chief information officer at Deere, said LightSquared’s ‘solution’ is no solution.

Deere believes there is no practical solution to avoid or substantially mitigate the interference caused by the proposed new system. Deere notes that the National Executive Committee for Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing, which is a U.S. government organization, has recently released a technical study, concluding that the FCC should rescind its conditional approval for the proposal because of significant detrimental impacts to all government and commercial GPS applications assessed as part of the study.

Cannon Michael, chairman of the California Cotton Growers Association and a Los Banos, Calif., farmer said, “LightSquared is just plowing ahead with this project and we are going to get rolled. The coalition to save the GPS needs to be supported and farmers need to get vocal.