FCC chairman pushing for Ligado Networks’s 5G solution despite risks to GPS systems

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has circulated a draft order asking the five-member panel to approve Ligado Networks’ request to deploy a low-power nationwide network to support next generation 5G wireless.

Ligado Networks’ request has drawn fire from some U.S. government agencies as well as by some powerful lawmakers.

Earlier this week, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee as well as the panel’s top Democrat asked President Donald Trump to prevent the FCC from allowing Ligado request to move forward, since it will interfere with the reception of the Global Positioning System.

Pai said he is “convinced that the conditions outlined in this draft order would permit Ligado to move forward without causing harmful interference.”

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