Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) told the Federal Communications Commission Thursday the public should not pay to retrofit GPS receivers if the FCC approves the proposed LightSquared wireless broadband network.
Tests have shown the proposed 4G network interferes with GPS receivers. LightSquared has offered to pay to retrofit receivers used by the government, but said the commercial sector should be responsible for adjusting their receivers.
“At a time when our national debt is skyrocketing and state and local budgets are stretched to the breaking point, socking taxpayers with a multi-billion dollar bill and extending large unfunded mandates to state and local governments sends the wrong message to the American people,” Grassley said in the letter.
Previous LightSquared coverage:
- GOP Lawmakers Ask WH for LightSquared Contacts
- House Panel Hears Concerns Over Proposed 4G Network
- FCC: GPS Will Be Safe from 4G Network