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Schrock said the response to the rallies has been overwhelming. “I’ve been barraged about it, including by folks from federal agencies, PNT [the National Executive Committee for Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing], state departments and others. I’ve received well wishes from around the world. Everyone is happy to see someone taking action.”
Schrock said the Seattle rally will focus purely on technological issues-the impact of interference on everyone who relies on GPS, the cost to the economy as a whole, and the cost of lost jobs if GPS is compromised. He isn’t certain how many people will show up for the rallies, but he’s unconcerned. “Regardless of the turnout, I think we have exceeded our goal of raising awareness,” he said.
Although the recent testimony of General William Shelton, Air Force Space Command, and others before the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces was a significant blow to the proposed broadband network, Schrock cautioned against apathy. "We are not out of the woods yet; there's too much money at stake," he said. "It's imperative that we continue to voice our concerns."
For more information about the rallies, including tips on organizing and publicizing future events, visit www.wss-acsm.com/event/GPS_Support_Rally.pdf.