FCC Releases Draft Order on L-Band Spectrum Reallocation; Dana Deasy Quoted

Dana Deasy
Dana Deasy

The Federal Communications Commission issued a draft order that would free up the L-band spectrum to facilitate the deployment of 5G, broadband communications and other wireless services, C4ISRNET reported Thursday.

“We have compiled an extensive record, which confirms that it is in the public interest to grant Ligado’s application while imposing stringent conditions to prevent harmful interference,” FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said in an agency news release. “The draft order that I have presented to my colleagues would make more efficient use of underused spectrum and promote the deployment of 5G and internet of things services.”

Dana Deasy, chief information officer of the Department of Defense and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, expressed his opposition to the FCC proposal.

“We have very strong technical evidence that would suggest moving forward with that proposal would cause harm to the adjacent GPS spectrum,” Deasy told reporters Thursday. “Therefore, we continue to believe it’s in the best interests — and I believe I can say this on behalf of all the agencies — it’s in the interest of the government not to pursue the Ligado licensing request.”

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