Could new wireless network hurt public safety?

Posted June 29, 2011, at 4:40 a.m.

CONCORD, N.H. — New Hampshire Rep. Charles Bass is concerned about the possible risk of interference in the GPS network.

In January the Federal Communications Commission gave a Virginia company called Lightsquared approval to build a nationwide wireless network. The FCC sees the network as part of a broad government push to bring high-speed Internet connections to all Americans.

Bass and others are concerned that such a system could create “dead spots” in GPS coverage and affect public safety. He says such interference could affect hikers, pilots and airports, all of whom rely on GPS for safe and accurate information.

He’s holding a news conference on the subject Wednesday morning at the Concord Airport.

The Virginia company is proposing to adapt its network so as not to interfere with GPS systems.

 

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