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Coalition to Save Our GPS Clips
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Feb. 15
Several outlets are reporting that the NTIA issued recommendations to the FCC last night on LightSquared and that the FCC said it plans to "vacate the Conditional Waiver Order" granted to LightSquared and "suspend indefinitely" the company's Ancillary Terrestrial Component authority.
  • TR Daily noted that a Public Notice seeking comment on NTIA's conclusions and on the FCC's proposals will be released today.
  • The Washington Post called the FCC's move "a major reversal" that is "expected to all but end LightSquared's aspirations to provide mobile broadband services via satellite airwaves."
  • Forbes called it a "potentially fatal blow" to LightSquared.
  • The Wall Street Journal called the decision a "serious blow to LightSquared."
  • Bloomberg noted that the development leaves Philip Falcone with limited options to salvage value from his LightSquared assets, while dealing a blow to efforts to increase industry competition.
Feb. 14
National Journal reports that President Obama’s budget released Monday includes a provision aimed at LightSquared: "SEC. [628]618. None of the funds made available in this Act may be used by the Federal Communications Commission to remove the conditions imposed on commercial terrestrial operations in the Order and Authorization adopted by the Commission on January 26, 2011 (DA 11-133), or otherwise permit such operations, until the Commission has resolved concerns of potential widespread harmful interference by such commercial terrestrial operations to commercially available Global Positioning System devices."

ACSM Radio Hour explores the effect of the LightSquared issue on surveyors
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How could the LightSquared issue affect you, the surveyor, and your use of GPS? These issues, and others, were discussed by Gavin Schrock, Administrator of the Washington State Reference Network, Eric Gakstatter, writer for GPS World, and Laurence Socci, NSPS/ACSM Government Affairs Consultant, on the ACSM Radio Hour this past Monday. You can listen to their very enlightening discussion at

Heck of a LightSquared week
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When the news comes this fast, sometimes all we can do is hang on and hope for the best. We've become so accustomed to the onslaught of LightSquared related news that it has become a sort of irrelevant background noise. But this past week, and the next few days, will see some mighty big meaty juicy news related to the LightSquared issue. More

GIA publishes global outlook on the GIS Industry
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According to a report published by Global Industry Analysts, Inc., global GIS market is estimated to reach $10.6 billion by 2015. The report, "Geographic Information Systems (GIS): A Global Outlook," posited that with rebounding of global economy from the recession, developed countries in North America and Europe will increase expenditures into GIS technology in near future. Additionally, growing awareness of the technology in developing countries in Asia, Middle East and Latin America is expected to add impetus to market growth for GIS technology. More

Aviation subcommittee hearing moves to GPS spectrum protection
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U.S. Deputy Secretary of Transportation John Porcari told a congressional committee that the expenditure of "substantial federal resources" in assisting LightSquared to gain approval for its terrestrial wireless broadband system was "unusual" yet "merited," but that "further investment cannot be justified at this time." More

Geospatial practice and practitioner development
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Framing the geospatial skill set for training and education purposes has been an ongoing challenge. Recently, a detailed Geospatial Technology Competency Model has been developed by the NSF-funded GeoTech Center and the U.S. Department of Labor. Phillip Davis, director of the GeoTech Center and professor of Information Technology at Del Mar College, describes the implications of this research for GIS education. More

FCC map: Large areas not covered by mobile broadband
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Large portions of the western half of the U.S. do not have access to 3G or faster mobile broadband service, according to a new map released by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission. The map shows large parts of Alaska, Nevada, Idaho, Arizona, Texas and Montana as not having 3G or faster mobile broadband service. The map shows nearly all states have some areas uncovered by 3G service, including parts of New York and Pennsylvania. More

FAA bill creates opportunities for geospatial professionals
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On Feb. 6, after five years of legislative issues, a temporary two-week shutdown of the FAA and 23 stopgap measures, Congress passed the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (H.R. 658). The bill speeds the nation's switch from radar to an air traffic control system based on GPS technology called the Next Generation Air Transportation System. The bill will also open U.S skies to unmanned drone flights in less than four years. More

New CSTs
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Congratulation to 36 new CSTs who passed their level IV exams in the last quarter of 2011. More

Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors reports
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PSLS honors Beitler
Willaim J. Beitler, PLS, SEO, of Kempton, Pa., was the recipient of this year’s PSLS Surveyor of the Year Award. This prestigious award is presented to a surveyor who has displayed exemplary service to the society, and whose work has benefitted the land surveying profession and the public.

Curt Sumner, ACSM Executive Director, presents a seminar―Risk Management for Surveyors at PSLS' annual conference in Hershey, Pa., on Jan. 22-25.

Lawmakers to use Defense bill to advance minerals policy
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Lawmakers calling for greater U.S. production of rare earth elements and downstream technologies are planning to continue using the defense appropriations process to advance their agenda. Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., co-chair of the new congressional Rare Earth Caucus, said he would fight for the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act to include measures to promote rare earths. More

Power grid updates left system vulnerable to cyberattacks
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Desire by the Energy Department to use stimulus money to modernize the country's power grid has left the system vulnerable to cyberattacks, the agency's internal watchdog found. Inspector General Gregory H. Friedman found "shortcomings" in the cybersecurity plans of more than a third of the utility companies that got federal funding for "smart grid" projects — from incomplete strategies to prevent an attack to vague steps for stopping one if it started. More

GeoEye satellite passes design review
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The world's highest-resolution spy satellite is one step closer to launching. Herndon-based GeoEye Inc., which won a $3.8 billion contract from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in 2010 for next generation satellite imaging, said it has successfully completed a system critical design review of its new satellite, the last of four critical design reviews. More

Integrating crossrail supply chain into information modeling for construction
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Two key initiatives recently announced by Bentley Systems will support the construction phase of Crossrail―Europe's largest construction project. The initiatives are aimed at integrating the whole Crossrail supply chain to create best practices in information modeling for construction. More

How to create your own online map: BatchGeocode for spreadsheets
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Grid Chicago uses maps as a communication tool and a way to enhance its articles. Here is some basic knowledge to create your own map using online tools so that you can identify issues and solutions where you live, which you can easily share afterwards. Four simple ways to create a map will be described. More

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