Full Committee

LightSquared: The Impact to Small Business GPS Users

On Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 1:00 p.m, the House Committee on Small Business conducted a hearing titled LightSquared: The Impact to Small Business GPS Users.  The hearing began at 1:00 P.M. on October 12, 2011, in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building. 

The purpose of the hearing was to examine the impact on small businesses that may result from LightSquared’s use of its spectrum to provide broadband service near the Global Positioning System (GPS).  Small businesses, including farmers, construction contractors, surveyors, and the general aviation industry, rely on the accuracy of GPS.  Potential interference with GPS raises significant concerns to these small businesses.  

Opening Statement:

Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO)

Witnesses and Testimony:

  • Dennis B. Boykin IV, Managing Principal, DB4 Consulting, LLC Leesburg, VA
  • Rick Greene, Precision Agronomy Manager, MFA Incorporated, Columbia, MO
  • Jeff Carlisle, Executive Vice President, LightSquared, Reston, VA
    • Tim Taylor, President & CEO, FreeFlight Systems, Irving, TX

      Additional Items:

    • Official Hearing Notice
    • Official Witness List
    • Hearing Memo
    • Press Release
    • Hearing Video
    • C-SPAN Video