FCC Actually Does Its Job (Kinda)

If you don't read slashdot or ars-tech or other nerdy sites, you probably haven't heard of LightSquared, the company whose business plan was to develop a 4G network that ohbytheway infringed on GPS frequencies to the point that the GPS system might well fail... but (with good reason) they seemed to figure that the FCC was so gutless that they'd get away with it.

So in a move that was widely denounced by fellowly-eunuched federal organizations, the FDA and EPA, the FCC actually said "hang on a minute". If you care you can read lots about this, or just enjoy a chuckle via the Onion.
GPS via NIST

  

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Michael

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  1. I kinda figured that was their strategy, kinda like the old-school land-use policy of the 1800's: farm a claim for 5 or 7 years and then it becomes yours.

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