An independent review of Ligado’s planned deployment of a terrestrial wireless network concluded that it will likely interfere with GPS signals and with space-based communications services provided by Iridium.
Ligado Networks faces renewed calls to block its terrestrial wireless plans over GPS interference concerns as the company prepares to turn part of its network on as early as Sept. 30.
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.