FCC Moves to Block LightSquared's Network

Friday, February 17, 2012  From the National Cotton Council

      Based on conclusions by the National Telecommunications Information Administration, the Federal Communications Commission moved on February 14 to block LightSquared's planned nationwide wireless network.

      In its statement, the FCC said: "NTIA has now concluded that there is no practical way to mitigate potential interference at this time. Consequently, the Commission will not lift the prohibition on LightSquared. The International Bureau is proposing to (1) vacate the Conditional Waiver Order, and (2) suspend indefinitely LightSquared's Ancillary Terrestrial Component authority to an extent consistent with the NTIA letter."

      In January 2011, LightSquared had been granted a conditional waiver by the FCC that would have allowed for their dramatic expansion of terrestrial use of the mobile satellite spectrum (MSS) immediately adjacent to the frequency band used by GPS receivers. Over the past year, GPS user groups -- from the aviation industry to agriculture -- repeatedly petitioned the FCC and Congress to rescind the waiver and block LightSquared's expansion due to concerns about interference with GPS devices. The NTIA finally agreed with GPS stakeholders, concluding that LightSquared's proposed use of the spectrum cannot be remediated sufficiently to allow its coexistence with GPS use of the spectrum, and so their plan should not proceed.

      The FCC has the final word on whether LightSquared can go forward, unless the company decides to take the issue to court.





PCG's 55th Annual Meeting

Friday, March 30

Lubbock Memorial Civic Center

9 a.m.-Noon


More information to come!


"High Tech in Texas" Theme of TCGA

Trade Show March 29 and 30

      The Texas Cotton Ginners Association's 105th Annual Meeting and Cotton Trade Show is scheduled for March 29 and 30 at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center.

      The trade show will be open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29, and from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, March 30. Ginners can use the show as a tool to make sure their gin is technologically ready for the upcoming season, thus the theme "High Tech in Texas".

      Are you looking to control segments of your gin from your iPhone or laptop? Have you thought about time clock systems that use facial recognition? These are just a couple of ideas discussed during the recent Beltwide Cotton Conferences that will certainly generate further discussion at TCGA's trade show.

      More information, including a complete schedule of events, hotel reservation form, meeting pre-registration and event forms is available on the TCGA website at http://www.tcga.org.



Area Ag Conferences Scheduled

The following area ag conferences have been scheduled for February and early March:

February 23 Range Workshop, Lipscomb County Contact J.R. Sprague, County Extension Agent-AG, 806-862-4601.

February 24 Texas Alliance for Water Conservation Field Day, Levelland, South Plains College. More information at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/tawc

February 27 Irrigation Strategies, Moore County Contact Marcel Fischbacher, County Extension Agent-AG, 806-935-2594.

February 28 Sandyland Ag Conference, Seminole Contact Terry Millican, County Extension Agent-AG, 432-758-4006.

February 29 Gray County Ag Conference, Pampa Contact Brandon McGinty, County Extension Agent-AG, 806-669-8033.

February 29 Ag Production Meeting, Turkey Contact Josh Brooks, County Extension Agent-AG, 806-259-3015.

      March 1 Alternative Crops Conference, Bailey County Coliseum, Muleshoe Contact Curtis Preston, County Extension Agent-AG, 806-272-4584.

      March 1 Improved Forages, Wheeler Contact Kenneth Brdecko, County Extension Agent-AG, 806-826-5243.

      March 1 Beef 2015 Nutrition, Wildorado Contact Michael Wilkes, County Extension Agent-AG, 806-267-2692.

      March 2 Wildlife Range Health, Silverton Contact Nathan Carr, County Extension Agent-AG, 806-823-2522.

      March 2 Armstrong County Ag Conference, Claude Contact Whitney White, County Extension Agent-AG, 806-226-3021.

      March 5 Grain Sorghum Conference, Perryton Expo Contact Scott Strawn, County Extension Agent-AG, 806-435-4501.

      March 6 Range Recovery Workshop, Post Contact Greg Jones, County Extension Agent-AG, 806-495-4400.

      If you have another conference to add to this list, please call PCG at (806) 792-4904 and ask for Mary Jane Buerkle or email maryjane@plainscotton.org. A complete conference list is at http://www.plainscotton.org/agconferences.html.