BoatUS: Speak up about GPS interference by March 1

Published online: Feb 28, 2012 News Boating Industry
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ALEXANDRIA, Va. - The Boat Owners Association of the United States is encouraging boat owners across the country to continue submitting comments to the FCC concerning the proposed LightSquared wireless broadband network during the 15-day comment period.

The FCC announced plans to revoke approval for the LightSquared network in mid-February, but BoatUS said in a statement that "we aren't out of the woods yet on navigation systems concerns" and boaters should continue to send comments to the FCC.

"Despite the great news last week that the FCC has acknowledged interference issues with the LightSquared proposal, we're not ready to declare a victory," said BoatUS President Margaret Podlich in a statement. "Given this company's tenacity over the last year, we want to make sure that boaters' needs are remembered as the FCC makes their final decision."

BoatUS provided a list of instructions for boat owners to use to file comments with the FCC:

Click on this link for the FCC's Electronic Comments Filing System:
Select "Proceeding Number 11-109."
Enter contact information.
In the box that says "Type in or paste your brief comments," here's some important points to select from:
Explain how you use GPS in your life - on the water, on land or in the air.
What would happen to your business/personal life if GPS became unavailable or unreliable?
Wireless broadband service is important, but it should not come at the expense of GPS.
All the studies show that LightSquared's proposed network would cause interference and that there are no remedies.
Tell the FCC that you rely on them to protect the integrity of the GPS signal and that you support their recommendation to stop LightSquared's current proposal.

Click "Continue."

If the review page is correct, click "Confirm." Done!

If you have trouble submitting comments, you can also contact the FCC ECFS Helpdesk by phone at 202-418-0193 or by email at

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