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Turner / Stefanik on FCC Ligado Decision

WASHINGTON- Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH), ranking member of Strategic Forces Subcommittee, and Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), ranking member of the Intelligence and Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee on the House Armed Services Committee, made the following joint statement after the Federal Communications Commission voted to approve Ligado company’s plans to take over spectrum for 5G development in a way that would damage GPS and U.S. national security:

“The FCC’s decision to approve Ligado’s controversial plan is alarming and jeopardizes America’s national and economic security. The GPS system is the backbone of so many technologies that Americans rely on every day, and our military depends on to protect our homeland. It is unprecedented for the FCC to take such brazen action in the face of near unanimous opposition across the federal government.

“We have been extremely vocal on the need for America to regain our authority as a global leader in 5G and offer a realistic alternative to China’s Huawei. However, Ligado’s plan does neither. America’s appetite for spectrum will only increase, and the FCC’s actions sets a dangerous precedent that may force Congress to revisit this issue. We firmly believe that we must increase our investment in 5G, but through the implementation of dynamic spectrum sharing technologies that allow our military and commercial sectors to co-exist. This alternative provides the only realistic path forward that protects our national security, recharges our domestic 5G industries, and presents a trusted, secure alternative to Huawei.”

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