Former Sen. Dorgan joins wireless startup

Telecommunications startup LightSquared announced Thursday that former Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) and other retired lawmakers will serve on the advisory board of a new initiative to resolve problems with Global Positioning System (GPS) technology in rural areas.

Dorgan will serve on the board with former Reps. George Nethercutt (R-Wash.) and Charlie Stenholm (D-Texas). Dorgan retired last year after serving three terms in the Senate.

LightSquared is building a nationwide satellite and wireless broadband network and plans to sell services wholesale to other companies. The company has come under fire because its network may interfere with GPS devices, including those used by first-responders, the military and agricultural businesses.

The company’s new campaign, the Empower Rural America Initiative, aims to partner with small cities and rural communities to reduce the risk of GPS interference.

“There is an overwhelming need for reliable wireless broadband for public safety, education, healthcare and economic development in rural America,” Dorgan said in a statement.