On LightSquared, Defense Department official urged synch up with GPS lobby
By ELIZA KRIGMAN | 3/2/12 9:33 AM EST
A Department of Defense official urged his colleagues in 2010 to "synch up" with the GPS industry in order to defeat LightSquared's plans to build the nation's first wholesale broadband network, according to an email obtained by POLITICO.
The email came as the Global Positioning System Industry Council was preparing to brief NTIA -- the White House technical advisers -- on LightSquared's proposal.
"We need to synch up with them prior to them briefing NTIA to make sure we are in lock step," the DoD official wrote to colleagues in the Dec. 29, 2010, email. He added: "Especially since they are our allies."