The FCC’s space-focused meeting today had actions taken on SpaceX satellites and orbital debris reduction, but the decision most likely to affect users has to do with Galileo .
No, not the astronomer — the global positioning satellite constellation put in place by the E.U.
over the last few years.
It’s now legal for U.S. phones to use, and a simple software update could soon give your GPS signal a major bump.
But because it is U.S.-managed and was for a long time artificially limited in accuracy to everyone but U.S. military, it should come as no surprise that European, Russian and Chinese authorities would want their own solutions.
Devices already existed that would take advantage of Galileo signals — all the way back to the iPhone 6s, the Samsung Galaxy S7 and many others from that era forward.