Coalition Forms To Defend GPS From Jamming Risk

As the new Keep GPS Working Coalition was making its opening move, Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Armed Services and a Ligado Networks skeptic, and ranking member Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) will be introducing legislation that would require that Ligado cover costs to others resulting from any loss of GPS access caused by the planned 5G network. The Recognizing and Ensuring Taxpayer Access to Infrastructure Necessary for GPS and Satellite Communications Act also would impose new conditions for Ligado to satisfy before the FCC’s order takes effect.

“Legislation is needed to ensure this Order does not leave consumers holding the bag,” said a Senate summary of the bill. 

 In a first indication that the opposition was making an impression on the FCC since its unanimous approval vote, a commissioner said she would be open to taking another look at the issue.

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