LightSquared gets extension for GPS test results

By JOELLE TESSLER | June 15, 2011 | 6:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators have granted the Virginia company LightSquared a two-week extension to report on recent tests that aimed to determine whether its proposed high-speed wireless broadband network would cripple GPS systems around the country.

A technical working group created to study the extent of potential interference from LightSquared's proposed network was to report its findings on Wednesday to the Federal Communications Commission.

Mandated by the FCC, the group is controlled by LightSquared but includes representatives from GPS equipment makers and federal agencies that rely on GPS technology.

LightSquared asked for an extension to July 1 to file the test results amid growing concern that its proposed network would jam GPS systems used for everything from aviation and military operations to public safety and consumer navigation devices.