Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Comments Wanted

FCC Comment Period for LightSquared Extended

Washington--Last week, the Federal Communications Commission extended the deadline for the public notice, including a request for comments, regarding its proposal to block LightSquared from pursuing its wireless broadband network.

In its comments, sent last month, the American Farm Bureau Federation explained how important the accuracy of GPS technology is to growers, who use it to map field boundaries, roads and irrigation systems and to target the application of fertilizer and chemicals that combat weeds and crop diseases.

“Disruption to GPS has the potential to reduce farm profitability by raising production costs and affecting farm and ranch operations,” wrote Mark Maslyn, AFBF executive director of public policy. “Precision agriculture allows farmers and ranchers to run efficient, economical and environmentally conscious operations.”

State Farm Bureaus interested in submitting comments by the new deadline of March 16 should follow the steps:

  1. Click here for the FCC’s Electronic Comments Filing System.
  2. In the box that says “Proceeding Number,” type: 11-109. It is important to include this docket number with your comments.
  3. In the designated boxes, enter (a) your name or your company’s name, and (b) your mailing address/city/state/zip.
  4. In the box that says “Type in or paste your brief comments,” do so. Click “Continue.”
  5. A review page will load listing all of the information entered. If correct, click “Confirm.”
  6. If you have trouble, contact the FCC ECFS Helpdesk at 202-418-0193 or ecfshelp@fcc.gov.

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