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The House Small Business Committee hearings summarized
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The House Small Business Committee held a hearing on LightSquared on Oct. 12. U.S. Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo., who chairs the committee, issued a statement saying, "Interference of the GPS signal will cost American small businesses billions of dollars to retrofit their GPS devices. This alone is an enormous burden that could harm or impair their business. From land surveyors to family farmers to thousands of other businesses — a huge segment of our economy will be affected. But this is about more than the cost, it is also about safety. Pilots reply heavily on GPS to maneuver their planes — so above all, we must ensure that safety is not compromised."

  • TR Daily reported that members of the committee raised concerns about interference to GPS from LightSquared, while acknowledging the potential benefits LightSquared's operations could bring rural areas.
  • PC World reported that farmer and aviation groups warned that the network could cause harmful interference and that more testing was necessary.
  • The Aircraft Electronics Association issued a press release after the hearing, where Tim Taylor, president and CEO of FreeFlight Systems, testified on behalf of AEA.
Thirteen farm groups urged the FCC in a letter to conduct targeted testing to ensure that LightSquared will not cause harmful interference to GPS used by famers. The Des Moines Register reported on the letter.

Foxnews.com reported that agriculture industry representatives are not convinced that a proposed fix for interference to GPS from LightSquared will be enough. The article cites concerns raised in the House Small Business Committee hearing, as well as the farm group letter.

CNET, Fierce Broadband Wireless, DSL Reports and Connected Planet reported that a LightSquared executive said that it will cost the commercial GPS industry as much as $400 million for equipment that will eliminate interference caused by LightSquared's planned network. The comments were made by LightSquared Chief Marketing Officer Frank Boulben, who said that there are roughly 500,000 commercial precision GPS devices in the U.S. that could be disrupted by its network, and that the cost to retrofit or replace each would be between $300 and $800.

The Hill and National Journal report that LightSquared Executive Vice President Jeff Carlisle said he has "no doubt" that the GPS industry has been complicit in manufacturing a political scandal to discredit LightSquared. He also accused the GPS industry of not acting in good faith. The Coalition to Save Our GPS denied both allegations.

GPS World reports that the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology has released some of the impact statements provided by federal agencies to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. The reports reveal deep concerns about and opposition to the LightSquared proposal.




ACSM Radio Hour: Listen to archive of Oct. 17 show
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Listen to host Curt Sumner on www.americaswebradio.com as he talks with Eric Gakstatter (GPS user, and columnist for GPS World magazine) about the LightSquared issue in light of recent developments. Hear about the "solution" that is being touted by LightSquared and GPS precision receiver developer Javad Inc.; reaction to the House Small Business Committee hearing; and possible next steps in this battle, among other topics. More

200th anniversary of General Land Office celebrated on ACSM Radio Hour
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Join host Curt Sumner and his guest Dominica VanKoten (BLM Cadastral Chief for the Eastern States) for the ACSM Radio Hour at 11 a.m. EDT on Monday, Oct. 24, for a discussion about the GLO's history and its role today. More

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ACSM announces 20 percent discount on all books in stock
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The ACSM Bookstore/eStore is offering a 20 percent discount off both its member and nonmember rates for all books in its inventory. Shipping costs are not included in this price. The discounted prices are currently listed on the ACSM website or by visiting the ACSM website and selecting the "eStore" box along the top navigation bar. Orders may also be placed via telephone: 240-632-9716, ext. 105, or fax: 240-632-1321. More

Two GIS-Pro workshops approved for AICP CM credit
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URISA is pleased to announce that two of its Certified Workshops being presented on Nov. 1 during GIS-Pro 2011 in Indianapolis have each been approved by the American Institute of Certified Planners for Certification Maintenance credit. Attendance at the Strategic Planning for GIS Program Development and Management or the Public Data, Public Access, Privacy and Security: U.S. Law and Policy workshop will earn AICP members 8 credits. More



Crafting a strategy for the professional surveying company
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Jack Welch, iconic business leader and transformer said, "Strategy means making clear cut choices about how to compete." In his book, "Winning," he explains that the key to success is picking a general direction and implementing the "HE- double hockey sticks out of it." Simply put, if you make a plan and commit to it, it is more likely that it will be accomplished. More

CORS and OPUS
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If you're an occasional user of OPUS, you may not know that NGS recently updated the coordinates of all CORS sites that form the basis of the OPUS utility. The new coordinates, released Sept. 6, are based on a multi-year analysis of the CORS network and published as NAD 83 (2011) epoch 2010.0. More

Surveying firm makes 3-D scanning integral part of stadium design process
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A major renovation of the football stadium at the University of California at Berkeley includes structural changes to provide protection against earthquakes. A local surveying firm has made 3-D scanning an integral part of the design and construction process. More



Location Intelligence: The future looks bright
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Location Intelligence — the name captures a broad topic area and requires some level of definition. LI uses fundamental concepts and methods that have evolved in the Business Intelligence domain combined with GIS concepts and methods to develop a platform for enabling more comprehensive location data analysis. More

Building bridges in seabed surveying
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Given its recent economic woes, Ireland may have lost face in Brussels. Yet when it comes to surveying marine resources, the nation punches way above its weight. More

Merrick retained on 3-year contract with Henrico County
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Merrick & Company's geospatial and surveying business unit was recently awarded a contract with Henrico County, Va., to collect and process digital orthophototography, planimetric mapping and topographic products and services. More


 
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