ITS America, AASHTO take legal action to retain 5.9 GHz band for V2X

June 3, 2021

Lawsuit seeks to reverse the FCC's reallocation of 60% of the 5.9 GHz band to unlicensed, non-transportation uses

The Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America) and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) this week filed an appeal of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) November 2020 order regarding unlicensed devices in the 5.9 GHz spectrum band.

ITS America and AASHTO took this action to ensure vehicle-to-everything (V2X) technologies can continue to safely operate throughout the 5.9 GHz band. 

The lawsuit, filed in the D.C. Circuit Court, seeks to reverse the FCC's reallocation of 60% of the 5.9 GHz band to unlicensed, non-transportation uses, and preserve the full 75 MHz for transportation communications. 

“Safety has always been our top priority,” Shailen Bhatt, President & CEO of ITS America, said in a statement. “We are taking this action because V2X technologies continue to be our best available tool to significantly reduce crashes and save lives on American roadways.” 

“Keeping people safe is the top priority for every state DOT,” Jim Tymon, AASHTO executive director, said in a statement. “We believe the FCC ruling has undermined state DOTs’ ability to utilize the 5.9GHz safety frequency as it was intended to be used.” 

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SOURCE: ITS America / AASHTO