Ford apparently thinks FCC chairman Ajit Pai has a better idea for sharing spectrum. The iconic automaker has come out in favor of Pai's proposal for freeing up the majority of the 5.9 GHz band currently reserved for vehicle-to-vehicle communications for 5G while reserving the rest for V2V.
Pai is proposing to make the lower 45 MHz of the available for unlicensed use, including WiFi, while reserving the upper 30 MHz for the new Cellular Vehicle to Everything (C-V2X) approach to intelligent vehicle communications.
That is according to Pai himself, who tweeted that he was grateful for Ford's support:
"Extensive testing has shown that CV2X will give people the ability to move more safely and freely than ever before. Via the intended rulemkaing process, the FCC is providing the opportunity for this technology to come to market," wrote Ford president James Hackett. "Without this proceeding, CV2X cannot be deployed. Without this proceeding, innovation is paralyzed. Without this proceeding, the opportunity to realize significant safety benefits is delayed. Triggering a deliberative process to carefully but expeditiously include CV2X as a crash avoidance technology is the appropriate and timely step. It will also mitigate congestion, reduce carbon emissions and lead to widespread socioeconomic benefits."
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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.