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Freight and passenger transportation groups are seeking the White House’s support to halt the Federal Communications Commission’s proposal that would shift certain auto safety airwaves for broadband uses.

Proponents of the 5.9 gigahertz transportation safety band argue maintaining it would facilitate technological innovation and lead to myriad safety benefits. The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, the American Highway Users Alliance, the American Public Transportation Association, American Trucking Associations and other stakeholders urged White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows on Sept. 8 to collaborate with the Department of Transportation on the 5.9 GHz band matter.

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For months, the groups have criticized FCC’s proposal of designating the lower 45 megahertz of the band for unlicensed uses, while keeping the remaining 30 MHz for transportation and vehicle safety-related services.

“Reducing the amount of spectrum available to vehicle-to-everything technologies undermines our shared interest in reducing the number of traffic fatalities and injuries that occur each year on U.S. roadways, improving motor vehicle safety, and improving the operational performance of roadways by reducing congestion across the transportation system,” the groups, which also include Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the American Society of Civil Engineers, wrote. “Preserving the spectrum for [vehicle-to-everything] would provide greater benefit for the American people than reallocating the spectrum for unlicensed devices.”

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