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Washington View – Deja Vu All Over Again: Ligado’s 5G Network Set For Collision Course With GPS?

Updated: Apr 27, 2023

It’s been two years now since the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) authorized Ligado to use portions of the L-band for low-power terrestrial mobile satellite services (MSS), which many say will interfere with GPS. In that time, the FCC has either denied or failed to act on motions filed by federal agencies and commercial industry. Congress stepped in, using the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to pull its purse strings tight and demand some answers. Meanwhile, Ligado has pressed on. The company says it will launch its first systems by the end of September.

Topics: Ligado Networks, GPS, 5G, 2 year anniversary; Federal Communications Commission; FCC; L-band; low-power terrestrial mobile satellite services; MSS; GPS interference; Congress stepped in, 2021 National Defense Authorization Act; NDAA; National Academies of Sciences review; DOT; DOD; DHS

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