FCC Allows U.S. Use of Galileo Navigation Signals
On November 15, the FCC adopted a waiver order allowing GNSS receivers to use Galileo signals within the United States without an FCC license.
FCC rules require licensing of non-federal, receive-only equipment operating with foreign satellite systems, including foreign GNSS. The Office of Space Commerce and the State Department worked closely with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to propose the waiver process that the FCC followed to allow Galileo use.
As co-chair of the GPS-Galileo Working Group on Trade and Commercial Applications, the Office of Space Commerce helped the European Commission prepare the waiver request for Galileo and shepherd it through the process.