In press releases from the White House, the government has announced that the Global Positioning System (GPS), used by sportsmen worldwide, will no longer be jammed for civilian use.
This U.S. built network of satellites has been used for navigation with less accuracy than its full capabilities due to concerns about potential enemies using the system to target missiles.
Effective at midnight, Monday, May 1, the government will stop blanket jamming of the signal. In order to maintain national security, they will still maintain the ability to selectively block GPS signals in any given area or region at will.
This change of policy will only effect the accuracy of existing units. You will not have to do anything differently than in the past. According to the White House science advisory office, the only difference you will notice is that you will be able to navigate with 10 times the accuracy previously enjoyed.
Currently there are more than 4 million people worldwide that use GPS for everything from traffic navigation and rescue searches to finding schools of migrating fish.
This decision comes after four years of high level discussions with the White House, Pentagon, CIA and other agencies, but could not have been possible without the development of new technologies that allows the U.S. to block specific regions of the world while providing the improved service for the public.
According to reports from the Department of Defense, the new service will be available worldwide at first and then denied based upon responses to perceived threats to our nation's security.
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Frank Ross grew up on a lake in Florida, where fishing and hunting were second nature. He has pursued his passion from the jungles of South America to the northern reaches of the Arctic Circle and most points in between. With a background in newspapers, the wire services and magazines that began in 1970, Frank brings a unique perspective to his work with Cabela's. He is an award-winning photographer with a flair for getting to the bottom line of every story.
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