Bill Would Make Ligado Pay For GPS Interference Costs

By Kelcee Griffis (June 23, 2021, 5:56 PM EDT) -- A bipartisan Senate bill could require Ligado Networks to pick up the tab for any disruptions the private sector experiences if it forges ahead with repurposing the L-band satellite airwaves for mobile transmissions.

Introduced Tuesday, the RETAIN GPS and Satellite Communications Act expands a caveat of Ligado's 5G network authorization to include paying both the federal government and private companies for any repairs they must make as a result of Ligado's mobile operations, which some sectors allege will drown out their own signals on the airwaves.

Sen. Jim Inhofe, an Oklahoma Republican who co-sponsored the bill, said it's important to have...

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