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JGAC report
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ACSM and NSPS are continuing the fight to save nationwide GPS for our members. The groups submitted comments to the FCC regarding the Technical Working Group's report, stating that we oppose LightSquared's plan, as well as its proposed "solution" and requesting that the FCC take no further action until there is absolute certainty that LightSquared's plan will not harm GPS. More

ACSM Radio Hour, Oct. 31, 11 a.m. EDT
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The Oct. 31 ACSM Radio Hour will feature guest Gary Thompson. Thompson has long served the surveying profession in North Carolina through his role at the North Carolina Geodetic Survey, but that is just the beginning of the story. Thompson has served in many capacities with the North Carolina Society of Surveyors, and in NSPS. Thompson has served as a Surveyor member of the N.C. Board of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors since 2004; his current term runs through 2013. His service in NCEES, including Chair of the Surveying and EPS Committees, has benefited the profession of surveying immensely. In 2011, Thompson was nominated by ACSM to FGDC's National Geospatial Advisory Committee and subsequently appointed to a three-year term. Join Thompson for an informative hour as he shares his knowledge, expertise and experiences with host Curt Sumner.

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Buy valuable books at a discount
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The ACSM Bookstore/eStore is offering a 20 percent discount off both its member and nonmember rates for all books in its inventory. Shipping costs are not included in this price. The discounted prices are listed on the ACSM website. They can also be accessed by visiting the ACSM website and selecting the "eStore" box along the top navigation bar. Orders may also be placed via telephone at 240-632-9716, ext. 105, or fax at 240-632-1321. More

Coalition to Save Our GPS clips
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GPS World
JAVAD GNSS issues statement on LightSquared filter, Oct. 21
Javad Ashjaee, CEO of JAVAD GNSS, has published a statement on the company's website, discussing various aspects of his proposed filter for GPS receivers to cope with interference from a powerful LightSquared signal. The statement also discusses how the LightSquared signal can complement high-precision applications of GPS.
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Dish Network learning from LightSquared pushback
Dish Network's Charlie Ergen was interviewed by The Denver Business Journal, saying that LightSquared rushed into business and didn't vet its business thoroughly enough with regulators. In response to recent concerns raised in FCC filings about the network his company hopes to launch, Ergen said: "Let's get those arguments out up front, before we spend another $3 billion" ... "If it doesn't work, we'll pack our bags and go home having lost $3 billion." MORE

Brightstar to work with LightSquared
LightSquared issued a press release announcing it has named Brightstar, a global leader in services and solutions for the wireless industry, as LightSquared's preferred supply chain services provider. MORE

Falcone's Harbinger capital down 17 percent in September
Reuters reports that Harbinger Capital Partners, the New York hedge fund that controls LightSquared, lost nearly 17 percent in September as LightSquared faced regulatory hurdles. The article cites unnamed investors, one of whom said: "(Philip) Falcone waited until the end of the quarter to account for all the problems they are facing with LightSquared and that is clearly reflected in these numbers." The story was picked up by outlets including City AM, FINalternatives and Business Insider.

Grassley unlikely to pursue subpoena on communications about LightSquared
Communications Daily reports that Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Chuck Grassley is not likely to issue subpoenas to force LightSquared and the FCC to turn over communications about the company.

LightSquared has other options if the upper 10 MHz of its L-band spectrum proves unable to coexist with GPS services, Jeff Carlisle, LightSquared executive vice president-regulatory affairs, told House Science Committee Chairman Ralph Hall, R-Texas, in a written response. Carlisle was responding to a series of questions submitted by Hall and other committee members as part of the committee's hearing on LightSquared's effect on federal science activities (SW Sept 12 p1).

CTIA raises interference concerns on dish waiver
Dish's proposed waiver that would clear the way for the company to launch wireless broadband service in the 2 GHz band is meeting resistance from wireless carriers, led by CTIA. In a further demonstration of how difficult it will be to bring any new band online for wireless broadband, CTIA said in light of questions that have arisen over LightSquared's network, the FCC should look closely at interference issues before granting a waiver. MORE

SATELLITE WEEK, Spectrum fees would slow MSS spectrum
development, say Ergen, Monroe, Oct. 24
Charging spectrum fees for terrestrial use of mobile satellite service spectrum is bad policy and could slow investment in services there, Dish Network Chairman Charlie Ergen said Oct. 17, at a Silicon Flatirons event. Dish is buying DBSD and TerreStar and hopes to make use of their terrestrial spectrum. The issue of spectrum fees was recently raised as a revenue-generating component of President Barack Obama's American Jobs Act. MORE

LWG member: 'Proposed LAS 1.4 spec is broken'
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On Aug. 22, the LAS Working Group of the ASPRS Lidar Division released a draft proposal for version 1.4 of the LAS specification for review. Based on the LWG operating protocol, the revised draft was first circulated among the core group through email, with revisions made until everyone within the LWG was in agreement. More

Gone in a flash
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Having surveying equipment stolen from a job site is unfortunately part of doing business no matter where you are in the country, but in south Florida, it's epidemic. Mike Maxwell, PSM, is a board member of the Florida Surveying and Mapping Society and the National Society of Professional Surveyors, and he has discussed the problem for the past four or five years with members nationwide. "Other states have had issues," he said, "but nothing like Florida." More

Galileo IOV satellites succesfully launched into orbit
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The first pair of satellites for Europe's Galileo global navigation satellite system has been lofted into orbit by the first Russian Soyuz vehicle ever launched from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana in a milestone mission, reports the European Space Agency. The launch occurred one day after initially scheduled to resolve a problem with the ground-support fueling system. More

How Autodesk made one person's day
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For awhile now, ever since the birth of Cyborg Surveying, there has been a belief that traditional survey work would be supplanted by automated augmentation of just about ever task currently done solely by a human. That day is creaking beyond the horizon with the release of powerful, cloud-based, user friendly technologies like Autodesk's Photofly. More

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