The Alliance for Automotive Innovation is calling on the Federal Communications Commission to abandon a proposal that would split portions of a spectrum long assigned to automakers for vehicle safety.
In December 2019, the FCC voted unanimously on a proposal that would shift 45 megahertz of the 5.9 GHz band to unlicensed uses such as Wi-Fi.
Under the proposed rule, the remaining 30 megahertz would be kept for use by transportation and vehicle safety-related communication services. Of the 30 megahertz, the rule would provide “cellular vehicle-to-everything” — aka C-V2X, a new cellular vehicle technology — exclusive access to the upper 20 megahertz. The commission sought comment through Monday on whether to retain the remaining 10 megahertz for use by dedicated short-range communications or assign it to C-V2X.
The alliance, which represents 36 automakers, suppliers and tech companies, urged the commission to preserve the entire 75 megahertz for transportation safety, citing the…