FCC's Pai Defends Ligado Decision Process To Congress

Law360 (June 18, 2020, 7:29 PM EDT) -- Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai is defending his agency's approval of Ligado Networks' ground-based 5G system to congressional military advocates, pushing back on some assertions that the agency tried to covertly push the plan through without proper vetting.

In a letter released this week, Pai told a group of eight senators that the "commission's unanimous, bipartisan decision to approve [Ligado's plan] with stringent conditions" was a yearslong, carefully considered effort that underwent a multistakeholder review process.

"Federal agencies had actual possession of the draft that the FCC was poised to adopt — and thus an opportunity to comment on it...

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