Lisa Van Horn
Collector of Antique Instruments, WSLS Foundation Museum Curator
Wisconsin Land Surveyor, Shawano County Surveyor, Chairman of the Standards Review Group,
Welcome to National Surveyors week. All chapters are encouraged to participate in GPS Day on Saturday March 24th. The Northeast Chapter will be setting up a display at Gander Mountain in Green Bay and the Milwaukee Chapter is setting up at their local library.
For more information on National Surveyors week please go to:
For more information on GPS Day go to the March 5th posting concerning GPS day.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- LightSquared's plan to become a fifth major nationwide wireless carrier hit a major snag this week, after government regulators said they would continue to bar the company from launching its network.
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration said late Tuesday that LightSquared's network could interfere with GPS signals, despite LightSquared's proposed engineering solutions. That interference has the potential to be extremely dangerous: In addition to powering consumer navigation devices, GPS is used by the military and the aviation industry to guide airplanes and missiles.
As a result of NTIA's decision, the Federal Communications Commission revoked a waiver that would have allowed LightSquared to turn on its network. The FCC on Wednesday plans to issue a public proposal that would bar LightSquared from launching its service "indefinitely.
Looks like we have a little breathing room here. Congress put legislation in the Defense Authorization Act that was just passed preventing the FCC from lifting restrictions and granting further permissions to Lightsquared until the interference issue has been resolved to the satisfaction to a number of congressional committees and the DOD. Lightsquared could go broke before that happens.
Sprint gave Lightsquared a 30 day extension to get the FCC approval needed. http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-01-06/sprint-puts-investment-in-lightsquared-on-hold-hesse-says.html
After the discussion with the Department of Regulation and Licensing about how interpretations of A-E 7 vary, the Surveyors Section at their last meeting decided to add revising AE7 to their next meeting schedule July 20th, 2011. Attached is one persons first run through on possible revisions to AE7. No group or entity has agreed on these changes, they are only starting points for discussion.
Please take the time to download and review the attached file and comment to any member of the SRG, Board of Directors or myself on what you like or dislike. Again, this is not something being proposed, only a document to get discussions started. This is your time to discuss A-E 7 at your local level and get information back to the state level so we can come to a consensus on what needs revision. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.
Lisa Van Horn
Chairperson Standards Review Group