Farm Bureau Weighs in on GPS Interference Issue

Cindy ZimmermanAFBF, GPS

The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) is calling on the Federal Communications Commission to fully review possible interference to Global Positioning Systems (GPS) that could be created by a broadband network being developed by LightSquared.

“High-speed broadband services have great potential to bring opportunity to rural Americans, but should not jeopardize the Global Positioning System,” said AFBF President Bob Stallman. “Many of our farmer and rancher members rely on GPS for precision agriculture.”

afbf“It is the accuracy of GPS that makes it useful to farmers and ranchers,” noted Stallman. Disruption to GPS could raise on-farm production costs.

AFBF submitted comments to the FCC in July urging the agency to ensure there is no interference with GPS receivers prior to granting LightSquared permission to operate its high-powered cellular base stations.

“Deployment of broadband services is important for economic development as well as improved education and health care services in rural America, but the use of precision agriculture also is vital to America’s farmers and ranchers as they continue to feed, fuel and clothe the world,” Stallman said.

The deadline for comments on the issue to FCC was today.