FCC Likely to Move Forward on 5.9 GHz Rule Change

With public and highway safety groups staking out a hard line, it’s unclear when the FCC will act on new rules for the 5.9 GHz band, industry and commission officials said. Commissioners agreed 5-0 in December to examine revised rules for the band, reallocating 45 MHz for Wi-Fi, with 20 MHz reserved for cellular vehicle to everything and possibly 10 MHz for dedicated short-range communications (see 1912180019). Some observers said with the FCC poised to open the 6 GHz band for Wi-Fi and unlicensed, Chairman Ajit Pai may be less inclined to continue the fight over 5.9 GHz while taking some actions to allow C-V2X. Comments were due at 11:59 p.m. Monday in docket 19-138…

Gather all the facts first, said Jon Peha, professor at Carnegie Mellon University and former FCC chief technologist. “Lives depend on whether we get this policy right,” he told us. “Federal agencies are pushing in opposite directions, as are many state and local government agencies, car companies and telecom companies. That’s a recipe for failure.”