LightSquared Implements Voluntary Chapter 11 Restructuring

Melissa SandfortCompany Announcement, GPS, Satellite, technology

LightSquared announced that it commenced voluntarily reorganization cases under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code to give it time to resolve regulatory issues that have prevented it from building its coast-to-coast integrated satellite 4G wireless network. The company fully expects to continue normal operations throughout this process. All LightSquared distribution partners and customers, including public safety, emergency response, government … Read More

Ag Groups Urge FCC to Withdraw LightSquared Waiver

Cindy ZimmermanAFBF, Corn, Government, GPS

In a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), agricultural and farm equipment organizations urged the agency to withdraw the conditional waiver granted to LightSquared in 2011 and modify the company’s satellite license to prohibit the building of a ground-based network. “We urge the FCC to adopt both proposals because of the overwhelming evidence that LightSquared’s proposed ground-based network would … Read More

FCC Blocks LightSquared

Cindy ZimmermanGPS

The controversial plan for a wireless broadband/satellite network that could have disrupted GPS use may finally be a dead deal. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) determined this week that the LightSquared plan to build a nationwide 4G broadband network will indeed impact “both general/personal navigation and certified aviation GPS receivers.” NTIA said the latest round of testing showed … Read More

LightSquared Proposal Seems Doomed

Chuck ZimmermanGovernment, GPS, Internet

Things are looking bleak for the proposed LightSquared LTE network according to a story in PC World. A key federal agency involved in testing the proposed LightSquared LTE network has concluded that there is no practical way to solve interference between that network and GPS, possibly dealing a crippling blow to the startup carrier’s hopes for a terrestrial mobile network. … Read More

Questions Remain over LightSquared Spectrum Usage

Melissa SandfortCorn, Farmers, GPS, John Deere, Wireless

Over the past year, the National Corn Growers Association has monitored issues surrounding the wireless broadband company LightSquared. While the Federal Communications Commission considers approval of LightSquared’s proposed terrestrial based broadband network, NCGA remains concerned about the effects it would have on precision farming. GPS technology has become an important tool for farmers as they improve their efficiency in seed, … Read More

LightSquared Wireless Broadband – A Detriment to Rural America?

Melissa SandfortAg Leader, Audio, Insights Weekly

Rick Greene, Precision Agronomy Manager for MFA Incorporated in Columbia, Mo., an Ag Leader Blue Delta Dealer, recently spoke at a Congressional Hearing in Washington, D.C. about preserving the integrity of GPS systems. In his testimony, Greene said, “I began my precision agriculture journey in 1995 when my father purchased one of the first yield monitoring systems with GPS. While … Read More

Internet Broadband Vs. GPS Services?

Chuck ZimmermanZimmPoll

In our latest ZimmPoll we asked the question, “What do you think of the LightSquared broadband internet proposal?” This controversial issue has pitted GPS services and hardware manufacturers against those who want better broadband internet service in their area and agriculture is only one of the industries that could be impacted. Interestingly, our poll results were mostly against the proposal … Read More

NeATA Conference Coming up in February

Melissa SandfortEvents

The Nebraska Agricultural Technologies Association Conference and Trade Show will be held Feb. 1-2 in Grand Island, Neb. Many agriculturists contend that variable rate (VR) technologies and techniques are the next significant step in precision agriculture. This symposium offers a collection of VR topics taught by experts from the private and public sector. A fast-paced approach of 30-minute presentations combined … Read More

Top Ag Story in 2011 is Wild Weather

Chuck ZimmermanZimmPoll

Wild weather was the winner for the biggest ag story of 2011 according to our latest ZimmPoll. We asked the question, “What do you think is biggest ag story of 2011?” Wild weather got 40% or the response followed by Record farm land value – 17%; New free trade agreements – 16%; High commodity prices – 16%; Super committee “no”- … Read More

Best of 2011 on

Cindy ZimmermanCompany Announcement, General

Thanks to our readers for helping us hit 50,000 unique visitors in 2011! That’s an increase of 3.5% over 2010. We look forward to kicking that up another notch in 2012. Our reporters brought you a total of 380 stories, including over 80 with audio interviews or podcasts and 15 YouTube videos. The most popular YouTube video of … Read More