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GOP Lawmakers Ask WH for LightSquared Contacts

The House Science Committee has asked the White House to turn over all documents related to contact with telecommunications company LightSquared, who is seeking to build a national 4G wireless network. On Tuesday, Chairman Ralph Hall (R-Texas) and six Republican committee members sent a letter to the Office of Budget …

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NIST Seeks Help Building National Public Safety Network

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has announced it is seeking advice on building a national wireless broadband network dedicated to public safety. A Sept. 12 Federal Register notice asks for comments as to whether the network is plausible with today’s technology or technology in the near future. The …

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House Panel Hears Concerns Over Proposed 4G Network

The proposed LightSquared network, a broadband wireless network integrated with satellite coverage, has raised concerns that it interferes with devices using the Global Positioning System. The House Science Committee held a public hearing Thursday to examine the issue, hearing testimony from officials from the Transportation Department, NASA and the National …

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Eric Holder Speaks in Support of Public Safety Network

Attorney General Eric Holder spoke out Tuesday in support of setting aside wireless spectrum for public safety. Cell phone networks were congested during the Aug. 23 earthquake on the east coast, prompting an FCC investigation into reports of 911 calls not getting through. The earthquake also prompted renewed calls to …

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FCC to Probe Cell Phone Problems After Quake

The Federal Communications Commission will investigate reports that some wireless calls to 911 could not get through because of congestion on cell networks after Tuesday’s East Coast earthquake. Broadcasting & Cable reports FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has directed the agency’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau to collaborate with wireless …

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Tom Ridge on Public Safety Net Inaction: ‘It’s Wrong’

Congress has failed first responders by not acting on legislation to establish a nationwide public safety network, Tom Ridge said Friday. The nation’s first Homeland Security Secretary told AOL Government it is unlikely anything will pass before the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. “It’s wrong. It’s really wrong for …

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FCC: GPS Will Be Safe from 4G Network

GPS receivers will be safe from the proposed LightSquared wireless network, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said Tuesday. LightSquared plans to develop a 4G wireless broadband network, using both satellite and terrestrial coverage. This has raised concerns over potential interference with GPS receivers. The Hill reports the FCC can not guarantee …

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Public Safety Net Issue Awaits Congress

Congress starts its official August recess this week, but has a full slate of technology issues to deal with when it reconvenes after Labor Day. National Journal reports the main issue is legislation that would free up more spectrum to create a national public-safety broadband network that would improve communication …

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