Inhofe said he would block O’Rielly until the nominee “publicly commits to vote to overturn the current Ligado order.”
A committee charged with giving the U.S. government advice on space-based navigation services concluded that the FCC’s approval of Ligado’s 5G network is a “high-risk” decision that jeopardizes GPS services.
Five associations representing users of the Global Positioning System will be joining forces against the FCC.
A June 4 letter to the FCC suggests senators are concerned that the backlash to the Ligado ruling has dominated the narrative.
The FCC pushed back on new criticism from the Senate and House Armed Services Committees.
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration formally petitioned the FCC to reverse its decision to grant a spectrum license to Ligado.
Mike Griffin, undersecretary of defense for research and engineering, said DoD will seek help from Congress to get the FCC to reverse its decision.
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is not a space agency, but many of its actions have shaping impacts on what happens in space.
The House Armed Services Committee said the FCC's approval of Ligado’s proposal disregards federal law.
At a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, DoD officials argued that Ligado’s 5G network will cause interference both for civilian and military users of GPS.
The coronavirus pandemic is making it harder for Iridium to line up customers for its recently upgraded satellite constellation, but isn’t expected to reverse the company’s six-year annual growth streak, according to CEO Matt Desch.
Inhofe: "Given that the FCC has made its decision, it’s critical our members understand the national security implications."
Brig. Gen. James: GPS links are vulnerable, which is “part of the reason we're concerned about this situation.”
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