March 9, 2020
The Federal Communications Commission has recognized that as radio frequencies become increasingly crowded, using spectrum efficiently is more important than ever. The Commission has also recognized that setting aside the 5.9 GHz band for dedicated short-range communication (DSRC) has yielded lackluster results. Accordingly, it is appropriate that the Commission is now revisiting this band to evaluate how better to use wireless resources.
The Commission’s proposal to split the band to allow some unlicensed use while preserving part of the band for intelligent transportation systems (ITS) not limited to DSRC is a step in the right direction. The Commission should go further and designated the entire band as unlicensed.
We thank the Commission for launching this proceeding and seeking input on how to improve road safety while also promoting efficient use of spectrum and enhancing broadband connectivity for all Americans. We look forward to engaging further with the Commission and other commenters on these issues throughout the proceeding.
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