About Global Positioning System (GPS)

What Others Are Saying About GPS

"[GPS] access has spawned an incredible array of innovations by American entrepreneurs ranging from navigation systems to precision crop farming to location-based apps. In fact, it's estimated that last year alone civilian and commercial access to GPS added $90 billion in annual value to the U.S. economy. And the number keeps growing."
U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park, in an interview with Scientific American, March 23, 2013
"[W]e don't just attract the best scientists or the best entrepreneurs -- we also continually invest in their success. We support labs and universities to help them learn and explore. And we fund grants to help them turn a dream into a reality. And we have a patent system to protect their inventions. And we offer loans to help them turn those inventions into successful businesses.

"And the investments don't always pay off. But when they do, they change our lives in ways that we could never have imagined. Computer chips and GPS technology, the Internet -- all these things grew out of government investments in basic research."
President Barack Obama, in remarks on the BRAIN Initiative and American Innovation, April 2, 2013
"Simply put, GPS is integrated into almost every aspect of U.S. military operations."
DoD Chief Information Officer Teresa Takai, Testifying on Capitol Hill in June 2011
"Large-scale farmers today are sophisticated businesspeople who use GPS equipment to guide their combines, biotechnology to boost their yields, and futures contracts to hedge their risk."
Chrystia Freeland, writing in The Atlantic, July/August 2012
"GPS is integral to the functioning of our economy, and is essential for public safety."
Letter signed by a bipartisan group of 33 U.S. Senators, to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, May 23, 2011
"GPS provid[es] an essential capability that is a tremendous enabler and enhancer of joint, combined, and allied operations."
General William L. Shelton, Commander, Air Force Space Command, September 2011
"GPS is a national utility whose services are integral to economic growth, transportation, safety, and U.S. national security. Today, there are millions of GPS users, ranging from individuals, to federal, state and local governments, to businesses engaged in agriculture and construction. For example, intelligent transportation systems depend on GPS to improve safety, efficiency and environmental impact; utilities depend on GPS for network timing and synchronization; earthquake, volcano, dam and bridge GPS-based measurement monitoring systems detect tiny movements used in risk analysis and disaster prediction; construction and surveying applications of GPS enable fewer lane closures, less traffic disruption and faster project completion; and farmers use GPS to reduce waste in chemical and fuel use. Critically, our nation's first responders use GPS to response to E911 calls and to map disasters and coordinate relief efforts."
Letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, from U.S. Rep. Charles F. Bass, Phil Gingrey, M.D. and Brett Guthrie, June 14, 2011
"GPS was first launched more than thirty years ago and is now a critical and reliable part of our aviation and national infrastructure. Millions of Americans use this technology every day and taxpayer investments in GPS is roughly $35 billion."
Letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, from 36 U.S. Representatives, June 10, 2011
"GPS is indispensable to the future of aviation."
Tom Hendricks, Senior Vice President for Safety, Security and Operations for Airline for America, June 23, 2011
"GPS is also a foundational technology in the FAA's ongoing efforts to modernize the air traffic system, an effort known as NextGen. As the FAA continues to move away from a ground-based system and toward a satellite-based system, pilot and air traffic controller reliance on GPS will necessarily increase exponentially, making it vital that we protect the integrity of the GPS system not only now, but also far into the future."
Craig Fuller, President and CEO of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, June 23, 2011
"GPS is integral to the functioning of our economy, and is essential for public safety."
Senator Chuck Grassley (R- Iowa), Press Release issued by Senator Grassley's office - May 17, 2011
"As is the case in all other innovative industries, the GPS industry directly creates jobs and economic activities, which spur economic growth. Evidence shows that innovative industries, such as the GPS industry, create both high- and low-skilled jobs during economic expansions and downturns, pay their employees higher-than-national-average wages, raise output and sales per employee, increase U.S. competitiveness, which is reflected in increased exports and reduced U.S. trade deficits, and spend large sums on R&D and capital investment."
Nam D. Pham, Ph.D., "The Economic Benefits of Commercial GPS Use in the U.S. and The Costs of Potential Disruption," June 2011