“This breakthrough serves the public interest in many areas of our economy, including the automotive industry, aviation, rail, shipping and agriculture,” said FCC chairman Ajit Pai. “It will also provide public safety benefits by reducing the risks of accidents and disasters, helping emergencies, and synchronizing network and critical infrastructure.”
Europe created Galileo so that it would have civilian and military alternatives to the US GPS and Russia’s GLONASS system. It began to launch satellites in 2005 and has now launched 26 of the 30 planned. The service came online 201
6, so if you visited Europe in recent years you have the chance to find you to Normandy or Barcelona via Galileo instead of GPS.
Your phone may probably use Galileo, but functionality is disabled due to US regulations against land radios that connect to foreign satellites. In order to allow the two straps (of three) to be allowed, your device may need to roll an update to you.
It’s a rare part of good news from the FCC, which tends to be business friendly and consumer-friendly. Pai was Pai, but he could not resist a queen-sized paper joke: “With our action today, we hope to make it easier for seafarers to find their way to their destination,” whatever the wind blows. “”