Statement | June 23, 2021

Ligado Networks statement on the RETAIN GPS Act

RESTON, Va. June 23, 2021 – Ligado Networks issued the following statement from Chief Communications Officer and Head of Congressional Affairs Ashley Durmer regarding the RETAIN GPS Act:

“This legislation is unnecessary, as the FCC’s bipartisan, unanimous, and science-backed order fully protects GPS devices – whether they’re used by the government or the private sector – as well as satellite communications devices. This bill does not address any safety issues; instead, it presents a false notion that consumers are at risk – when the FCC determined they are not – and then requires one company to assume a cost burden that is not based on actual harm.  

Years of data, testing and congressional testimony make it clear that – just like government GPS users – consumer devices like smartphones and safety-of-life equipment, like certified aviation receivers, are not at risk from Ligado operations. To suggest otherwise implies that technical experts and career public servants at the FCC would knowingly put Americans in harm’s way. That is not only false, but also illustrates a lack of seriousness on this topic.

We stand ready to work in good faith to implement the FCC’s order and are moving full-steam ahead on the important work of developing and deploying 5G services that will keep the U.S. globally competitive and help modernize the critical infrastructure companies that keep America running.”

About Ligado Networks

Building on 25 years of experience providing crucial satellite connectivity, Ligado’s mission is to modernize American businesses by delivering the 5G connectivity solutions needed to transform their operations and realize the efficiencies of a digital world. Our plans to deploy licensed mid-band spectrum in public and private 5G networks will help pave the way for future innovations and economic growth across America.

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