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LightSquared Complains to NASA OIG over GPS Advisory Board

By Keith Cowing
January 13, 2012
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LightSquared cries foul over GPS advisory board, Reuters
“Telecom startup LightSquared is asking for an investigation of a possible conflict of interest by a member of an advisory board that has already warned against its technology because of interference with the global positioning system. LightSquared, which needs government approval of its high-speed wireless technology by the end of the month to keep its major partner on board, lodged its probe request with NASA Inspector General Paul Martin late Wednesday. The petition charges that Bradford Parkinson, sometimes referred to as the father of GPS, serves as vice chairman of the National Space-Based Position, Navigation, and Timing Advisory Board while also a director for Trimble Navigation Ltd, which makes GPS equipment and has been a vocal opponent of LightSquared’s network. Lightsquared said Parkinson may have violated a federal conflict of interest law and ethics regulations.”

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