Deere: Proposal interferes with GPS use in agriculture and construction
In construction, GPS technologies assist owners in maintaining equipment, lowering fuel costs, and providing a means to better design and manage large construction projects such as buildings, highways, and shopping centers.
The proposal in question sets out to create a new, integrated wireless broadband and satellite network that would deploy 40,000 ground stations in the U.S. and proposes to use a portion of the satellite spectrum that already has been in use for other purposes.
Deere is among many companies in several industries that say the proposal interferes with the GPS signals vital to their customers. Research studies have supported that assertion. Deere believes there is no practical solution to avoid or substantially mitigate the interference caused by the proposed new system.
Deere notes that the National Executive Committee for Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing, which is a U.S. government organization, has recently released a technical study concluding that the FCC should rescind its conditional approval for the proposal because of the significant detrimental impacts to all government and commercial GPS applications assessed as part of the study.
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