Farmers say GPS signals must be protected

07/13/2011 | WJBC-AM/FM (Bloomington, Ill.)

An attempt by LightSquared to create a national broadband system in the U.S. has met with opposition from some members of the agriculture industry, who say the frequency used for the network may disrupt GPS signals. Interference with GPS reception could cause problems for farmers who use the technology for positioning information and monitoring of crops. The technology "is integrated into everything that we do. We use the positioning data as part of our record keeping system, as part of good environmental stewardship; making sure we do the right things in the right places at the right times," said Sid Parks of GROWMARK's Agronomy Services Department.

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