This weeek end at the ESRIUC the topic of Lightsquared was hot and heavy. Marc Cheves, editor at Amerisurv.com touched on this issue in an interesting article from the event. Marc explained… During the plenary session at the Survey Summit, Jeff Carlisle (a LightSquared VP) and Peter Large (representing the Save our GPS Coalition) each presented their case. Carlisle stated repeatedly that LS started the process ten years ago, and that all interested parties—including the GPS manufacturers—were well-aware and signed off. Legally, he is correct, but it seems to me that the answer to the question Why didn’t anybody object? is quite simple: nobody knew the impact until the tests actually began. Prior to that, the system only existed on paper.
an interesting observation from Cheves came from industry leader Javad… “the most shocking of Javad’s comments was a call for the U.S. military to discontinue the encryption of the P-Code on L2.”