The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules require licensing of non-federal receive-only equipment operating with foreign satellite systems, including receive-only earth stations operating with non-U.S. licensed radionavigation-satellite service (RNSS) satellites.
. The FCC apparently waived the above at the EU's request. However,
- GLONASS has been widely used in the U.S. for several years without going through this process. The FCC seems unconcerned by this and is certainly not issuing fines, injunctions, etc. in response.
- A few phones (e.g. the Samsung Galaxy S9) already supported Galileo signals, apparently including their U.S. versions.
Given the above, what is the practical impact of today's ruling? Is receiving GLONASS signals technically illegal despite the complete lack of enforcement? Why did the EU seek this waiver when these FCC rules seem to have no impact on GLONASS usage in the U.S.?