Venable partner Jamie Barnett was quoted in a May 18, 2016 Communications Daily article on an expected public notice from the FCC on the future of the 5.9 GHz band and how it will be shared Wi-Fi. Several automotive companies have been fighting for access to the band to deploy crash-avoidance dedicated short-range communications (DSRC) technologies.
"The automotive industry has expended hundreds of millions of dollars and years of research to ensure that [vehicle-to-vehicle] works safely and improves safety of life under the current 5.9 GHz/DSRC rules," said Barnett. "The industry is willing to share the 5.9 GHz spectrum as long as it doesn't undermine the very purpose of DSRC, which is the safety of life in traffic. Any sharing proposal that changes the current rules would require retesting and will delay the deployment of DSRC and potentially jeopardize the technology's benefits." He added that the FCC's public notice must examine "how differing sharing protocols will impact DSRC operations."