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The leadership of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives called on the U.S. Government Accountability Office to review the safety implications stemming from the possibility of sharing the 5.9 GHz spectrum band.

The Federal Communications Commission intends to reassign part of the band for nontransportation safety purposes, such as wireless communication. The 5.9 GHz band is reserved for transportation safety communication.

“Advanced technologies hold tremendous potential to improve transportation safety, reduce congestion and decrease pollution, among other prospective uses,” Reps. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) and Sam Graves (R-Mo.) wrote to GAO on Oct. 30. “Some of these technologies rely on wireless communication between vehicles, between vehicles and infrastructure [such as traffic signals], or vehicles and other users [such as pedestrians].”

T&I-letter-to-GAO by Transport Topics

FCC’s leadership announced a meeting for Nov. 18 on its proposal.

According to the agency, “The demand for wireless broadband is growing at a phenomenal pace, as the American public and businesses increasingly rely on internet connectivity.

“To meet this demand, the commission continuously evaluates spectrum use and its rules in efforts to enable more efficient spectrum usage through a variety of methods, including authorizing unlicensed operations.”

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