FCC to vote to allow U.S. devices to use European navigation system : Reuters


WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Communications Commission said on Wednesday it will vote in November to allow U.S. devices to access the European global navigation satellite system known as Galileo, a move that could improve the services Americans use.

Galileo is a 10-billion-euro ($11.40-billion) satellite program being developed by the European Union as a rival to the U.S. Global Positioning System (GPS) that launched initial services in late 2016.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said in a Wednesday statement that “enabling the Galileo system to work in concert with the U.S. GPS constellation should make GPS more precise, reliable and resilient for American consumers and businesses alike .”

The FCC is proposing to waive its licensing requirements for non-federal operations with Galileo signals known as E1 and E5, subject to certain technical constraints, officials said.

The FCC includes conditions to ensure users of satellite-based positioning, navigation and timing services in the United States will benefit from Galileo signals. The systems are interoperable under a 2004 agreement.

Pai noted that GPS “is integral to numerous everyday applications – ranging from driving directions to precision farming.”

The EU has had to rely on Russian or U.S. GPS signals.

 

Source: FCC to vote to allow U.S. devices to use European navigation system : Reuters