House Passes Bill Requiring eLoran to Safeguard GPS
“(a) ELORAN.—Subject to the availability of appropriations, the Secretary shall provide for the establishment, sustainment, and operation of a reliable land-based enhanced LORAN, or eLORAN, positioning, navigation, and timing system.
“(b) Purpose.—The purpose of the system established under subsection (a) is to provide a complement to, and backup for, the Global Positioning System (in this section referred to as ‘GPS’) to ensure the availability of uncorrupted and nondegraded positioning, navigation, and timing signals for military and civilian users in the event that GPS signals are corrupted, degraded, unreliable, or otherwise unavailable.
“(1) be wireless;
“(2) be terrestrial;
“(3) provide wide-area coverage;
“(4) transmit a precise, high-power signal in the 100 kilohertz spectrum and meet the one microsecond accuracy requirement specified in the Federal Radio Navigation Plan;
“(5) be synchronized with coordinated universal time;
“(6) be resilient and extremely difficult to disrupt or degrade;
“(7) be able to penetrate underground and inside buildings;
“(8) be capable of deployment to remote locations;
“(9) take full advantage of the infrastructure of the existing, unused Coast Guard long-range navigation system (commonly known as ‘LORAN–C’), and subject to the concurrence and agreement of other agencies, unused facilities associated with the Ground Wave Emergency Network and Nationwide Differential GPS systems;
“(10) utilize and leverage the capabilities of the entity for development, building, and operation of the system;
“(11) function in an interoperable and complementary manner with other similar positioning, navigation, and timing systems;
“(12) be made available by the Secretary for use by other Federal agencies for public purposes at no cost; and
“(13) incorporate such other requirements determined necessary by the Secretary with respect to such agencies.
“(d) Secretary Defined.—In this section the term ‘Secretary’ means the Secretary of Transportation, acting through the Commandant of the Coast Guard.”.
(b) Clerical Amendment.—The analysis for subtitle VIII of title 46, United States Code, is amended by adding after the item relating to chapter 805 the following: “807.Position, Navigation, and Timing………………………………………80701.”
(c) Implementation Plan.—Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary, as that term is defined in the amendments made by this section, shall provide to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate, a plan to ensure that the system required under such amendments is fully operational by not later than 3 years after such date of enactment.