Statement from AASHTO Executive Director Jim Tymon on FCC Action
The American Association of State Highway Officials today reacted to the action by the Federal Communications Commission that severely diminishes the effectiveness of the 5.9 GHz safety frequency for use in transportation.
“AASHTO is disappointed that the FCC has abandoned the 5.9 GHz safety band, despite the unified voice of state DOTs and the broader transportation industry,” said Jim Tymon, AASHTO executive director. “The leaders of all 50 state departments of transportation, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico are unanimous in their support for preserving the 5.9 GHz wireless spectrum for transportation-only usage. Without the full 5.9 GHz spectrum available to use for connected vehicle technologies it will be significantly more difficult to eliminate the kinds of fatal vehicle crashes that contribute to more than 37,000 fatalities on America’s roadways each year, as well as the safe deployment of connected and automated vehicles.”