FCC Delays Review of 5.9 GHz Allocation for Vehicle Communications

Date: May 21, 2019

On May 15, following an appeal from U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai indicated the Commission will delay issuing a proposed rule to revisit how the 5.9 GHz band is utilized.

This announcement followed immediately on the heels of a speech Chairman Pai made outlining the Commission’s proposal during the 2019 Wi-Fi World Congress meeting in Northern Virginia.

“Given the swirl of the debate and the vast technological changes that have occurred since the commission allocated the 5.9 GHz band 20 years ago, I believe that the time has come for the FCC to take a fresh look at this band,” Pai remarked. “We should open up a rulemaking proceeding, seek comment on various proposals for the band’s future, and use the record that we compile to make a final decision on how the band should be allocated.”

MEMA is a member of the Safety Spectrum Coalition which has been actively advocating for the band to be retained until all three phases of interference testing are completed before any changes to the bandwidth allocation are considered.

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