Groups Urge FCC to Protect 5.9 GHz Band for Safety Use

From Communication Daily: Groups concerned about automotive safety asked the FCC to protect 5.9 GHz. They wrote Chairman Ajit Pai and the other commissioners, posted Monday in docket 13-49. “With the tremendous potential to improve transportation safety and the growth in demand for vehicle-to-everything (V2X) services, it is essential that the entire 5.9 GHz band—all seven channels—be retained for V2X, and that all measures are taken to smooth the path for deployment,” the groups said: “Harmful interference from unlicensed devices sharing the same band could affect the speed at which a V2X message is delivered or even prevent delivery entirely. As new technology continues to be deployed, now is the time for the FCC to commit to protecting the progress and investment made in V2X communications.” Signers included AAA, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, Center for Auto Safety, Consumer Reports, Governors Highway Safety Association, National Association of State EMS Officials and National Sheriffs’ Association.