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Washington View: Ringing in the New Year with a Ligado Stand-Off

As 2020 comes to a close, the Ligado Networks LLC’s (Ligado) mobile satellite services (MSS) project remains at a standstill. While actions in the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) proceedings in the case have stagnated, Congressional action, funds and filings have flowed. Now a new administration will take the helm. As we ring in 2021, what might become of Ligado’s deployment of a low-power terrestrial nationwide network in the L-Band that some continue to say will interfere with mission-critical Global Positioning System (GPS)?

Topics: Ligado Networks LLC; mobile satellite services; MSS; Federal Communication Commission; FCC; proceedings; Congress; fiscal year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA); Sec. 1663, Independent technical review of Federal Communications Commission Order 20–48; National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NAS, NAE and NAM respectively) to conduct an independent technical review; NTIA Assessment of Compatibility between Global Positioning System Receivers and Adjacent Band Base Station and User Equipment Transmitters; May 2020 Petition for Reconsideration or Clarification;

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