Still trouble for the 5G of Ligado in the USA
New grain for Ligado in the US, where the decision of the Federal Communcations Commission to allow it to use the 1.6 GHz L-band spectrum to provide a low-power terrestrial network aimed at supporting 5G services has put it on a war footing half parliament.
After last month's offensive by the Senate Armed Forces Commission, three deputies from the analogous House commission are now attempting to turn the tide at the FCC, also convinced that the FCC is wrong when it deliberates that the plan di Ligado "will ensure that adjacent band operations, including the Global Positioning System (GPS), are protected from harmful interference."
They are Jim Cooper, Mike Turner and Elise Stefanik – a Democrat and two Republicans – and they addressed a letter to the FCC president on June 11 to share their facts with him.
The attempt by the three deputies hinges on the request to the Inspector General to conduct an investigation – which would have the immediate effect of blocking the implementation of the Ligado project – for possible conflict of interest on the company that conducted the tests on the network GPS Ligado and then presented the results to the FCC, which based their decision to give the Ligado project green light.
The person in conflict of interest would be Dennis Roberson, president of the TAC, the body made up of numerous technology experts whose role is to provide technical advice to the FCC helping it – as the commission's website states – to “identify important areas of innovation and develop informed technology policies ".
Roberson's problem – which looks like a house at a cross eye – is also being the head of a consultancy company which, in addition to bearing his name, Roberson and Associates, was hired by Ligado in 2016 to create one technical study that verified potential interference between its 5G signal and GPS signal.
In addition to this anomaly, MEPs also pointed out that the Roberson and Associates study is cited "at least eighty times" in the opinion with which the FCC gave the green light to the Ligado project, hence the deduction that it was decisive in the allow FCC members to form an opinion.
At the conclusion of the letter, the deputies also noted that Roberson has repeatedly exposed himself in recent times, even with written articles, to bless the Ligado project.
All these elements, the applicants write, cast more than a few shadows on Roberson's figure and on the neutrality of the FCC's decision.
But what most sent the deputies into a rage is that a colossal problem such as interference with the GPS signal – which in the US has triggered a real scuffle between those who are pro and those in favor of the Ligado project – is solved with a only test, except to discover that this test is undermined at the root by a colossal conflict of interest.
This is a machine translation from Italian language of a post published on Start Magazine at the URL https://www.startmag.it/innovazione/5g-chi-picchia-su-ligado-negli-stati-uniti/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=5g-chi-picchia-su-ligado-negli-stati-uniti on Mon, 15 Jun 2020 06:04:58 +0000.