Deere Tells FCC that LightSquared Interferes with GPS

June 1, 2011

LightSquared wireless service would “create massive interference” with precise agricultural gear guided by global positioning systems, Deere & Co. reportedly told federal regulators.

Tests done in New Mexico showed the performance of Deere’s GPS receivers deteriorated within 22 miles of a LightSquared base station, Deere said yesterday in a filing with the Federal Communications Commission.

“There are major economic consequences,” Deere said. “Deere customers in agriculture, construction, and other applications will lose high accuracy navigation in and near areas served by LightSquared.”

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