Despite Strong Pushback from the Pentagon, FCC Approves Ligado's 5G Network
"The FCC’s decision to allow Ligado to move forward comes despite strong pushback from the Defense Department, which repeatedly has asked the commission to reject Ligado’s license modification request.
DoD contends that the Ligado’s proposed network would still interfere with GPS, complicating civil and military applications of the position, navigation and timing network.
Congressional defense committee leaders on April 15 issued statements in support of DoD’s position.
“Ligado’s planned usage will likely harm military capabilities, particularly for the U.S. Space Force, and have major impact on the national economy,” wrote Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee; and Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee.
Lawmakers warned it could cost taxpayers billions of dollars to replace current GPS equipment, which could be rendered useless."
Read more about the FCC's recent decision here.