Automakers, equipment manufacturers and state Departments of Transportation have asked the FCC for a waiver of its current 5.9 GHz rules so they can start deploying the cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) technology the FCC anticipated in freeing up other spectrum in the band, which had been reserved for vehicle-to-vehicle communications--for 5G.
The FCC voted unanimously back in 2020 -- under former FCC chairman Ajit Pai -- to free up the lower 45 MHz of the 5.9 GHz band for wireless 5G broadband while retaining the remaining upper 30 MHz for vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications, signaling that rather than the "long-stalled" DSRC V2V technology, it would be the new C-V2X technology.
In filing the joint request for waiver of the rules, the parties said the FCC was spot on in anticipating C-V2X and that there was a need to "immediately deliver C-V2X safety services to American travelers, especially as deployments accelerate in other regions of the world," services it called "state-of-the-art roadway safety."
They said it makes no sense to apply rules meant for a technology that is being sunset. ■
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Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.