FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 22, 2021
CONTACT: Eli Serota

Eli.Serota@fticonsulting.com

The GPS Innovation Alliance Applauds House Introduction of Bipartisan
RETAIN GPS Act

WASHINGTON, July 22, 2021 – Today, the Executive Director of the GPS Innovation Alliance (GPSIA), J. David Grossman, issued the following statement in support of H.R. 4634, the Recognizing and Ensuring Taxpayer Access to Infrastructure Necessary (RETAIN) for GPS and Satellite Communications Act of 2021, the companion bill to S.2166[1]:
 
"On behalf of the GPS industry in Washington D.C., GPSIA is proud to support the House introduction of the bipartisan RETAIN GPS Act. This legislation, in addition to the Senate’s RETAIN GPS Act (S.2166), will work to protect civilians, consumers, and small businesses from paying the price for the FCC’s April 2020 decision to authorize the deployment of a nationwide terrestrial wireless network by Ligado Networks. With this legislation, millions of Americans dependent on GPS for agriculture, aviation, construction, municipal and emergency services won’t be left to pay the price when their devices experience harmful interference.
 
GPSIA applauds Representatives Jim Cooper (D-TN) and Mike Turner (R-OH) for their leadership in introducing this critical legislation, in addition to the support of Representatives Nydia Velázquez (D-NY), Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA), Abigail Spanberger (D-VA), Frank Lucas (R-OK), Don Beyer (D-VA), and Ken Calvert (R-CA) as original cosponsors. Together with senior leaders of the U.S. Senate supporting the RETAIN Act, these members of Congress represent key committees impacted by the FCC’s decision, including agriculture, armed services, commerce, small business, space, and transportation. We look forward to working together to move this forward and seeing it signed into law."


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About GPS Innovation Alliance
 

Based in Washington, D.C., the GPS Innovation Alliance serves as the voice of the GPS industry, representing GPS equipment and technology manufacturers, and critical industries that rely on GPS. 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 https://www.gpsalliance.org/.

[1] Consistent with the terms of their litigation settlements with Ligado, Garmin International, Inc and Deere & Company do not affirmatively endorse or oppose the deployment of Ligado’s proposed mobile communications network.