Rep. Steve Austria is taking a stand on a proposed network that could interfere with GPS frequency. The issue hits close to home Dayton, Ohio, has several facilities that produce GPS equipment.
LightSquared representatives and their allies say the GPS industry and the Defense Department have had years to raise concerns about the planned network.
LightSquared also points out that the most vociferous concern is coming from lawmakers who count the GPS industry as key constituencies, such as Turner, Austria and Yoder.
The solution could be a technical fix. LightSquared has already agreed to scale back its plans, reducing the power to its towers and broadcasting its signal further from the GPS'. But if there is momentum from the Shelton flap, and if Turner and Austria continue to revisit the issue in the heat of a primary fight, the dispute might continue to drag out in unpredictable directions.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.