LightSquared Update - Leaked FAA Doc - 7/28/11

PC Magazine has not verified a report on the impact of LightSquared's plan comes from the Federal Aviation Administration's Navigation Services division. The New York Post says the report was released quietly and cites Bloomberg who received a copy. Government Exec reports " GPS manufacturers and end users leaked [the report] to the media" and states an FAA rep confirmed its authenticity but would not respond to questions because the agency had not released the report.

PC Mag does state that the Save Our GPS Coalition [site down as I publish this post] has been circulating the document (hosted by BNP Media, the parent of POB in pdf) and that the Coalition is confident it's from the FAA. PC Mag (and others) are however sharing the details of the report dated July 12: Per PC Mag:

[The report] essentially attributes 794 deaths and over $72 billion in additional costs to U.S. taxpayers if the LightSquared LTE system is implemented.

LightSquared dismissed the report saying it was based on outdated information.

Clearly, this whole thing is being tried in the media. So expect more of the same.

- PC Mag


Published Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Written by Adena Schutzberg