LightSquared Network Could Block GPS Devices, Report Says

New government tests show wireless start-up LightSquared’s network could knock out a “great majority” of GPS devices, according to a congressional aide who has seen a draft government report on the tests.

Preliminary data from recent government and industry tests of LightSquared’s network suggest that the start-up hasn’t solved concerns that its network would knock out a large number of personal or military GPS devices, the report said, according to the aide.

LightSquared, a startup funded largely by hedge fund Harbinger Capital Partners, wants to build a national wireless broadband network and offer wholesale Internet access to companies including Leap Wireless International Inc. and Best Buy Co.

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