Wednesday, December 16, 2015

LightSquared Settles GPS Lawsuit With Trimble Navigation

“Trimble and New LightSquared have agreed to work together with the relevant government agencies to implement a mutually acceptable compromise approach to resolution of the outstanding issues relating to use of New LightSquared’s spectrum,” a LightSquared spokeswoman said. Click here to read full story...

Thursday, December 10, 2015

LightSquared and Deere Settle GPS Spectrum Lawsuit

Under its deal with Deere, LightSquared has agreed to forgo a portion of its spectrum nearest to the GPS signal and instead will use frequencies that are further away from the GPS signal. In return, Deere said it won’t object to LightSquared’s deployment of its wireless broadband network. Click Here to Read the Full Story...

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Lightsquared in the News

Federal regulators approved LightSquared’s request to transfer its valuable spectrum licenses to a newly formed company.. Click here to read full story...

Friday, December 4, 2015

Surveying Around the Globe

Massive Geolocation Coverage Project is Underway in Belarus

According to a recent press release issued by the State Property Committee of Belarus, up to 85 percent of the territory of that country is going to have been covered by its precise geolocation system by the close of this year.  Click here to read full story...

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Surveyors In The News

Water Flows Downhill
Isn’t that title a profound and brilliant deduction? Water, in the form of rain, hits the ground and is immediately absorbed or flows away to a creek somewhere. But, this effect is so noteworthy as to be mentioned in hundreds of deeds that are recorded in the county clerk’s office at the courthouse. It is so important that many surveyors still use the phrase “and lying on the waters of So-and-So Creek” to help describe where the surveyed property can be found.  Click here to read the full story...

Thursday, November 19, 2015

The Forgotten Survey

On Nov. 10, 1815, Prospect Robbins was surveying a north-south line that would become known as the fifth principal meridian. On that day, he crossed an east-west baseline that had been surveyed by a party led by Joseph Brown. The two lines crossed in a headwater swamp in east Arkansas. The National Park Service designated the area a National Historic Landmark in April 1993. "The official land survey of the Louisiana Purchase began in October 1815 when Robbins and Brown...Click here to read full story

Monday, November 16, 2015

LightSquared: The Saga Continues

The saga of LightSquared continues as the company now moves to transfer control of its spectrum to new owners.  LightSquared is close to having U.S. regulators approve a deal that would see JPMorgan Chase & Co., among others, take over ownership of its airwaves, according to a Bloomberg report

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has reportedly told regulators they should approved the deal, which is a significant part of LightSquared emerging from bankruptcy. 
LightSquared's plans for a hybrid terrestrial, sattelite network was killed by the FCC over fears that such a network would interfere with GPS systems. That decision eventually forced the company into bankruptcy. 

A final decision on LightSquared's plans remains on the FCC's docket but there is no timetable for action on the matter. 

In March of this year, a judge approved LightSquared's restructuring plans, which led to a $1.4 billion cash payment to Dish CEO Charlie Ergen for a portion of LightSquared's debt he purchased.

The way things have shaken out are a far cry from the company's original vision of launching a wholesale broadband network that would sell  data to third-party retailers, MVNOs and handset makers. 

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

County Surveyors Seek to Preserve 19th Century Markers Following Central Oregon Wild Fire

The Deschutes County Surveyor's Office was at the scene of the Two Bulls Fire a week after the smoke had settled. Amongst the charred pine trees and brush, county workers searched in high temperatures for stones that had been marked and placed by federal land surveyors 143 years ago. Logging operations were about to harvest and salvage timber...Click here to read full story

Friday, November 6, 2015

New Issue of Nevada Traverse Now Online

Can't wait to get your copy of the Nevada Traverse?  The new issue is now available on the NALS Website. A few of the articles you will find inside this issue include:

  • Interview With Jeff Flamini of Monsen Engineering
  • Change Is In The Air
  • Accuracy Of Elevations
  • Overview Of Small UAS Notice Of Proposed Rule Making
  • Update — FAA Drone Rules, Legal Issue
  • Drones — Humorous News
  • Interview With Patrick J. Tami, PLS
  • Remote Sensibilities

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Surveyor's Right of Entry in the News

Opponents of the line accuse surveyors of trespassing without the right of access. However, NPPD says county surveyors are following the law. They are locating survey corners on properties where NPPD has the right of entry, but sometimes, the county surveyor needs to find surrounding survey corners on nearby properties for reference, NPPD spokesman Mark Becker said.  Becker said the county surveyors are simply following their obligations under state statute to find the corners the public cannot locate. However, opponents say NPPD is playing loosely with the state statute. 
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Monday, November 2, 2015

Surveyors in the News

County Preserves 143-year-old Stone Markers After Fire

The Deschutes County Surveyor’s Office was at the scene of the Two Bulls Fire a week after the smoke had settled. Amongst the charred pine trees and brush, county workers searched in high temperatures for stones that had been marked and placed by federal land surveyors 143 years ago. Logging operations were about to harvest and salvage timber that had not been completely destroyed by the fire, which began June 7, 2014. 

Mike Berry, the county surveyor, said his office was scrambling to make sure it maintained the exact location of section corner and quarter corner stones, which began being used in the late 1700s to divide and define vast federal land tracts. Preserving the original corner stones at the site of the fire was important...Click Here to Read the Full Story

Monday, October 19, 2015

LightSquared Back in the News...

Now that it’s ready to emerge from bankruptcy, LightSquared’s new lobbyist is urging the FCC to grant LightSquared another cellular license illegally. 

LightSquared’s most recent proposal still threatens the reliability of GPS signals that are critical to the military, aviation and public safety and commercial communications systems.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Surveying in the News

Surveying Work: Metes and Boundless
The Star Democrat featured a career in land surveying
This is the eighth story in a series about professionals who work in real estate sales and related fields.  Click here to read the story