DOT's Buttigieg Might Pump Brakes On 5.9 GHz Sharing

By Kelcee Griffis (March 26, 2021, 6:38 PM EDT) -- Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has signaled he may put in reverse the Federal Communications Commission's plan to allocate airwaves previously dedicated to auto safety to wireless traffic instead.

During a Thursday oversight hearing, Buttigieg told House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio that he shares the previous administration's hesitations on the 5.9 GHz band reorganization due to the potential adverse impacts on intelligent vehicle technology.

"There has been bipartisan concern, and we share that concern," Buttigieg said in response to a question from the Oregon Democrat. "We will be engaging with our counterparts across the administration on the way forward."...

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