Two of 21st-century America’s favorite gadgets — the smartphone and the GPS device — are on a collision course, according to a report delivered Friday to the Federal Aviation Administration
The report says deployment of a massive new network of towers and satellites to expand wireless communication may effectively shut down global positioning system devices that are at the core of a multi-billion dollar plan to revolutionize aviation
. They also may affect some GPS units used
The report puts the Obama administration in a Solomonesque position with two of its most cherished, ambitious and expensive initiatives. The president has promised to make Internet access available
to all Americans, even as the administration has pushed airlines to invest billions
to install GPS-based equipment.
The Federal Communications Commission
in January issued a waiver to allow Reston-based LightSquared
to develop a $14 billion broadband communications system adjacent to the bandwidth used for GPS transmissions.
proposal for a network of 40,000 ground transmitters working with a seven-story orbiting satellite will dramatically increase the system’s reach and versatility, but the transmitters will overpower the GPS transmissions, according to a report by the Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics