FCC Approves Plan to Update 5.9GHz "Safety Spectrum"

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to finalize its proposal to reallocate more than half of the 5.9 GHz "Safety Spectrum" band for unlicensed use. The 5.9 GHz band was previously reserved for transportation safety communications in the U.S.  The FCC proposal also "chooses" the Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything (C-V2X) technology standard over the Dedicated Short-Range Communications (DSRC) standard for the portion of the band that remains for intelligent transportation safety (ITS) technologies. 

This new technology could help to prevent vehicle crashes, lower insurance premiums, and improve fuel mileage.

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