DOT To Launch 5.9 GHz Pilot Program Despite FCC Reorg

Law360 (January 16, 2020, 6:15 PM EST) -- The U.S. Department of Transportation announced a pilot program to connect emergency response vehicles to the 5.9 GHz auto-safety band, a move that coincides with the agency's fight to stop the Federal Communications Commission's planned spectrum reallocation in the band.

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao told transit researchers Wednesday her agency will allocate nearly $38 million “to equip emergency response vehicles, transit vehicles and related infrastructure” with connected-vehicle technology that helps prevent crashes.

The new program will run on the 5.9 GHz band, which is currently dedicated solely to auto safety communications, although a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration spokesperson...

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