That is funny... however, I just meant that the decision will be made by a government that has a FRESH mandate to make such choices.
Allowing misuse of bandplan allocated frequencies has the potential for some real headaches for the current and future administrations. The major fault of the whole project is the band it is in and how it is being attempted to force feed that.
LS, according to many of the articles, claims to OWN the frequencies, when the truth is that they have a licence to use the frequencies that they were allocated (by auction?) for the purpose they were allocated for. THEY are the ones demanding that they be permitted non allowed terrestrial use. They asked for and received permission to perform testing to see what the effects would be, and have so far failed to meet the non-interference criteria specified... NONE. Their argument that GPS receivers are interfering with their project is nonsense. Aside from some really low power rf fields, receivers simply don't interfere with anything. The GPS satellites aren't going to wipe out them either, and really not the WAAS sats. All of the interference will be on their end. There is also not much hope that any retro fix for existing GPSrs will be possible at least the handheld ones.
I'm really waiting to see what their LTE handheld phones and devices look like. A filter large enough to allow their own devices to provide the required GPS links (I don't think the cell phone/GPS requirement is fulfilled by tower triangulation, especially on wide area nodes) will make for some bigger devices. Not to mention how much power it will take at 1.5xx ghz to reach the ones further away from the tower. They figure that will need up to the original 1000 watt to get to your device at the fringes (and inside).
I had some Icom 1.2 ghz handheld radios that used several watts and were capable of going out to a repeater 20 miles away, when hooked to an external antenna. Much bigger than a cell phone. Not a good comparison I guess, tech has come a ways since then.
They might be thinking of using a voting receiver system (more hardware) to feed the system from your device. That should already be on a different frequency of course, from what I've read more like 1.6 ghz. That might be what they are up to with Sprint.
As I said though, many people want to use their GPS function on their phones... and if they drown out those signals, they will get no relief from disgruntled customers... but then they want to be wholesalers, no providers... so Sprint will take that flack for them. I haven't looked for a while, but the 'whitespace' project was going ahead for most of the other providers, even Canada.
In fact that was one of the reasons (again purported in my lost URL) that nothing similar to this would be allowed up here. Most of the data stuff here is going to higher bands 2.5 ghz and up (from the IC site). The big demand here is for voice frequencies and most want to use the lower frequencies since radios already exist, similar in the US. Push is towards digital voice (which is in effect data transmission anyway). The early attempts at high tech radio systems have lots of problems, a few can't switch back to analog mode which render the whole thing useless if a node is lost and not bypassed. So agencies that scrapped their analog radios while upgrading have nothing to fall back on. Poorer communities did keep their old gear, but others can't afford either. Greed and desire to depend on high tech can backfire, especially when developed in a vacuum of user input. That isn't about GPS entirely, and can be researched by Google. Actually, many of those new high tech systems depend on the timing function provided by the LS project as currently planned, which is good, because the makers of those systems are not likely to side with LS... they also use the positioning data as well.
It is a shame that all the rhetoric and coniving is making a mess out of a fairly straight forward process. They simply didn't do their homework properly, and have tried to catch a missed train, now they will have to hitchhike with someone or simply limp along with what they have left. Right now they might come up with a wobbly bike with a soft tire.