House Members Question FCC Plans that Undermine the Development and Deployment of Safety Critical Technology
House Transportation Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO), and 36 Members of the committee sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission to raise serious concerns with the FCC’s plan to redirect more than half the 5.9 GHz spectrum band. In December 2019, the FCC proposed to reallocate more than half of the 5.9 GHz radio frequency band (or Safety Band) to unlicensed operations, such as Wi-Fi. The FCC disregarded the Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao’s letter to Chairman Pai, which stated, “DOT has significant concerns with the Commission’s proposal, which represents a major shift in the FCC’s regulation of the 5.9 GHz Band and jeopardizes the significant transportation safety benefits that the allocation of this Band was meant to foster.” Members are now asking the FCC to reconsider their plan.
House Members Question FCC Plans that Undermine the Development and Deployment of Safety Critical Technology Rift over 5.9 GHz grows as lawmakers express ‘alarm’ over FCC’s plans (Fierce)