Wireless network outlines plans to protect GPS

By JOELLE TESSLER | June 20, 2011 | 1:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — LightSquared, a Virginia-based company that plans to build a nationwide wireless broadband network, is proposing to adapt its network so as not to interfere with GPS systems.

It plans to move some of its operations to a different slice of airwaves and to transmit signals at lower power levels.

The company outlined its plans amid mounting concern that its network would cripple GPS systems used for everything from aviation to public safety to military operations. The announcement follows the recent release of government test results showing that LightSquared's proposed network would cause serious interference problems for GPS systems.

The Federal Communications Commission gave LightSquared approval in January to build a nationwide wireless network that would compete with super-fast systems being rolled out by AT&T and Verizon.