ITS America Celebrates FCC Announcement of Connected Vehicle Spectrum WaiverStatement by ITS America President and CEO Laura Chace
Washington, D.C. – “Today, the FCC finalized approval of a joint waiver allowing 14 states, automakers, and other stakeholders to utilize the 5.9 GHz spectrum to deploy Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything (C-V2X) technology.
The approval of this waiver is the first step to fully utilizing this lifesaving innovation and news we have long been waiting to hear. As deaths on our nation’s roadways continue to soar, it is critical that we maximize use of connected vehicle technology to keep all road users safe.
Today’s decision is a win for investing in the digital layer of transportation that enhances safety for all who travel on our nation’s roads.
We want to thank all those who have helped us get to this point. Those at the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for their work to advance this waiver, along with the National Transportation Safety Board, Senators Gary Peters and Cynthia Lummis as well as Chair Sam Graves, Ranking Member Rick Larsen and Congressmen Garret Graves and Salud Carbajal for their support of this technology.
This is a crucial first step towards deploying lifesaving communications technology that will augment thousands of miles of hard infrastructure on our nation’s roadways, beginning immediately. Several other entities, not included in this joint waiver, have also requested waivers, and we urge the FCC to move quickly to approve all outstanding waiver requests.
ITS America calls on USDOT and the FCC to build on this momentum and establish final rules that will govern V2X services within the 5.9 GHz band and fully protect V2X from harmful interference. We are confident that such leadership will help establish a framework of spectrum regulatory certainty that enables investment in and deployment of these important safety solutions.”
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The Intelligent Transportation Society of America advances the research and deployment of intelligent transportation technologies to save lives, improve mobility, promote sustainability, and increase efficiency and productivity. Our vision is a better future transformed by transportation technology and innovation: Safer, Greener, Smarter. For All. For more information, please visit www.itsa.org.