I agree 100% but I’ve been told by a man in the know that while the uscg took the blame publicity supported that act they were privately fighting to keep the stations alive.
When it happened gCaptain put itself into the thick of it. What suprised me the most at the time was the ignorance and total lack of interest from the tech sector. Apple and Google had just spent a gazillion dollars strong arming the fcc over the old analogue TV bandwidth but did not write a single letter in support of a positioning redundancy despite the fact that their annual reports mentioned the the importance of GPS and location based services many many times.
I was writing for Forbes and speaking at some tech conferences at the time and tried soliciting support for loran-c but it was like yelling jnto a vacuum.