Re: Why, we might as well have been buying AIR
You fail to realize the technical hurdles that must be overcome to build GPS receivers that have a front-end that is selective enough to not be interfered by a signal only about 5 MHz below GPS frequency billions of times stronger. Sure they can be built, but you would never be able to put one in your pocket. Add $150.00 and a 5kg 4 cavity band-pass-filter and they would be compatible. Forget about hand-held devices! There was gross incompetence involved on both sides. Lightsquared should have never thought about asking to use that band for terrestial transmitters, and the FCC should have never given even the minimal go-ahead. It is obvious that all those involved did not know absolutely nothing about what they were doing, or what they were trying to do.