WASHINGTON- Rep. Mac Thornberry, ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, made the following statement after Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai circulated a draft order supporting the Ligado company’s plans to take over spectrum for 5G development in a way that would damage GPS and U.S. national security:
“Much of America’s national security and economic security depends on the GPS system. That is why all the major federal agencies, including the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community, oppose Chairman Pai’s draft order. They know that this flawed effort will harm our security while failing to advance 5G development. It is troubling that Chairman Pai would attempt to preempt national security concerns by releasing his draft order just as the federal government is exploring other alternatives to supercharging our domestic 5G build out that pose less risk.
While 5G will also be critical to our economic and national security, no other country is using this portion of spectrum for 5G. This could make the United States a leader without followers and Ligado’s plans dubious from the outset. We must advance 5G development, but this is not the way to do it. The FCC cannot be allowed to overrule the unanimous opinion of America’s national security leaders. If they do, Congress should immediately revisit and revise their authority.”