FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 25, 2020
CONTACT: Emily Grannis
GPSIA Statement in Support of the
RETAIN GPS and Satellite Communications Act
WASHINGTON, June 25, 2020 – Today, the Executive Director of the GPS Innovation Alliance, J. David Grossman, issued the following statement in support of the Recognizing and Ensuring Taxpayer Access to Infrastructure Necessary for GPS and Satellite Communications Act or the “RETAIN GPS and Satellite Communications Act”:
“As the voice of the GPS industry in Washington, the GPS Innovation Alliance (GPSIA) is pleased to stand in support of the bipartisan RETAIN GPS and Satellite Communications Act. Whatever you may think of the FCC’s decision to authorize the deployment of a nationwide terrestrial wireless network by Ligado Networks, this legislation focuses instead on ensuring small businesses, consumers and other civilian users, who are dependent on GPS for applications such as agriculture, aviation, construction, police, fire, and other emergency communications, are not left picking up the tab, when their devices experience harmful interference.
Today, 99 percent of the more than 900 million GPS devices found in the United States are used by the private sector, consumers, as well as state and local governments, and yet the FCC has failed to acknowledge the economic impact and costs to these users for repairing or replacing their equipment, should they experience adverse interference. The RETAIN GPS and Satellite Communications Act corrects this inequity by placing these costs with Ligado, as the license holder. GPSIA thanks Chairman Inhofe and Ranking Member Reed for their leadership in introducing this critical legislation and looks forward to working with leaders in both chambers to see it signed into law.”
About GPS Innovation Alliance
The GPS Innovation Alliance was founded by Deere & Company, Garmin International, Inc. and Trimble Inc. The Alliance recognizes the ever-increasing importance of Global Positioning System (GPS) and other Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) technologies to the global economy and infrastructure and is firmly committed to furthering GPS innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship. The GPS Innovation Alliance seeks to protect, promote and enhance the use of GPS. For more information, please visit www.gpsalliance.org.