The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Tuesday night rejected requests from US government agencies to suspend the rollout of Ligado Networks’ nationwide L-band mobile broadband network, which will be used primarily for 5G services and the Internet of Things.
In May of this year, the US Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration filed a request with the FCC on behalf of executive authorities, including the Department of Defense and Transportation, arguing that the FCC’s approval of the program would cause “irreparable harm to government users” of the GPS satellite navigation system.
The FCC said plans for the Ligado network have not yet been finalized and negotiations are ongoing with government agencies about the network’s potential impact on government GPS systems. The current decision of the commission came a day before President-elect Joe Biden takes office and FCC Chairman Ajit Pai leaves office.
“We must continue to move forward to ensure the availability of next generation wireless services, and to do so, we must make the most of this long-underutilized spectrum.Pai said. – The technical rationale in our report demonstrates the FCC made the right decision“.
In addition to government departments, the International Pilots Association (ALPA), the US Equipment Manufacturers Association, the International Air Transport Association, IATA, Iridium Communications and Lockheed Martin have reportedly asked the regulator to reconsider its decision last year.
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