Dear ED Gorny Jan 11, 2011
Garmin has been working with USGPSIC (U.S. GPS Industry Council) and others regarding the use of electromagnetic spectrum that exists close to the GPS L1 frequency (1575MHz). As discussed in the attached issue paper and presentation, this proposed spectrum use will cause interference to GPS receivers and limit their utility especially in urban areas where mobile broad band service is planned at frequencies adjacent to the GPS L1 band.
Although the FCC is responsible for allocating spectrum in accordance with policies and procedures that normally provide opportunity for stakeholders to review and provide input to the process, Garmin understands the FCC plans to short-circuit the usual rulemaking process and handle this particular request via a rule waiver. This will allow the FCC to grant the petitioners request quickly without the lengthy process of rulemaking and will greatly limit stakeholders ability to provide feedback and ensure that the interference issues are handled properly. This process is motivated by an overwhelming political urgency to assign 500 MHz of spectrum for broad band usage and in this case virtually ignores the technical difficulties associated with such a decision.
Garmin and GPS customers need your help to communicate this concern; we recommend that your organization consider providing a signed letter of concern similar to the attached example to the FCC Chairman, Julius Genachowski. You can provide it to the FCC via the FCC web site at the following URL http://licensing.fcc...fs/pleading.do. Unfortunately, the electronic submission process is somewhat confusing and complicated. To facilitate the process, if you will provide your signed letter by scanned pdf document to Debbie Johnson at Debbie.email@example.com or by fax to her at 913.440.8282, she will ensure it gets to the correct spot within the FCC. (Her phone number, if you need to reach her, is 913.440-2600.)
This decision by the FCC may occur within a week and certainly within the month of January. Time is of the essence. To be effective the FCC needs to have your input by end of the day Tuesday, January 18.
Questions or comments? Please contact Van Ruggles at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you feel the need to help we could use your support. Thanks so much.
I do have a copy of the report etc. Just email me for them.
I also just got the form letter in MS Word if anyone wants it to send in.
Again, just email me
This post has been edited by egorny: 12 January 2011 - 03:10 PM