LightSquared's wireless broadband could kill GPS

There are fears in the Land of the Fee that LightSquared’s new ultra-fast wireless network could overpower GPS signals across America.

The government has just approved LightSquared’s plans to build a nationwide broadband network using airwaves next to those used for GPS.

Manufacturers have warned that if the network sends signals that are too strong it could jam existing navigation systems and bring down aircraft.

The Federal Communications Commission originally gave the go-ahead for the ground-based network in a bid to bring the world wide wibble to places where normal broadband could not reach.

LightSquared and the FCC both insist the network can work alongside GPS systems. But makers of GPS devices claim that is rubbish and the weaker GPS signals could be wiped out. 

According to Digital Trends, it plans to compete nationally with super-fast, fourth-generation wireless services being rolled out by the likes of AT&T and Verizon Wireless.

Both LightSquared and the FCC say further testing is needed to determine the true extent of any interference. But any fix will cost the outfit billions, so we can understand why no one is keen to find a fault.