• J. David Grossman

Ligado Networks’ proposal is not 5G

The following is an excerpt of an op-ed from GPSIA Executive Director, J. David Grossman. It was published on October 20, 2020 by C4ISRNET.


Opinion: Ligado Networks’ proposal is not 5G

The “race to 5G” continues to dominate news headlines, congressional hearings and the attention of U.S. federal agencies — and rightfully so. With faster speeds, lower latency and increased bandwidth, Americans will benefit from new and/or enhanced 5G wireless services, such as remote surgeries, autonomous vehicles, precision agriculture and even tools to help our first responders save lives.

Under the leadership of Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai, the FCC has been working expeditiously to unleash additional 5G spectrum in low-, mid- and high-band frequencies. In August, the White House announced plans to free up 100 megahertz of mid-band spectrum from 3.45-3.55 GHz, an action made possible because of the Defense Department’s commitment to 5G. As a result of this and other efforts, the FCC is set to make hundreds of megahertz of mid-band spectrum available for 5G services on a shared or exclusive basis. 


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