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 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.
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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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Goldfein: Ligado building a 5G network in the spectrum near GPS is a major concern
DoD opposes the FCC's decision while Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the deployment of the 5G network is “vital to our national security."
DoD issued a joint statement with the Department of Transportation criticizing the FCC ruling.
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is poised to approve a spectrum application from Ligado Networks that would allow the company to deploy a wireless communications service that the Pentagon says will drown out GPS signals.