WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of senators asked Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai in a June 4 letter to provide a detailed account of how the agency arrived at the decision to approve Ligado’s use of a portion of the L-band spectrum to build a 5G wireless network.
The FCC’s April 20 ruling drew fierce opposition from the Pentagon and other government agencies that claim Ligado’s network will interfere with the Global Positioning System that also operates in the L-band spectrum. These agencies have filed a petition to have the FCC’s order overturned.
The June 4 letter was signed by eight senators, most of them members of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation that oversees the FCC. The letter asks Pai to answer a list of 13 questions related to the Ligado decision and to “explain why the FCC believes granting this application is in the public interest.”
The letter suggests senators on the Commerce Committee are concerned that the negative reactions from the Pentagon and from the Senate and House Armed Services Committee have dominated the narrative and that the FCC has not told its side of the story.
The Senate Armed Services Committee held a hearing ...