FCC Unanimously Approves 5.9 GHz Public Notice

Approval means stage is set to begin the process for opening up 5.9 GHz band for unlicensed use
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WASHINGTON�A unanimous FCC approval of the 5.9 GHz Public Notice this week has moved the possibility forward that the slice of band could be open to unlicensed used.

The approval of the public notice sets up procedures for prototypes to be submitted and tested, along with an overall test plan to be led by the commission, in partnership with the Department of Transportation and National Telecommunications and Information Administration. In doing so, the commission believes this next step will show it�s possible to not cause harmful interference to current licensees and in Dedicated Short Range Communications systems, according to a statement.

Commissioners Michael O�Rielly and Jessica Rosenworcel weighed in on the approval, saying, �Through a record refresh and rigorous, but timely, testing of prototypes, we expect to be able to fully protect vital DSRC safety-of-life functionality while promoting innovation and expanding the unlicensed services that American consumers seek. We believe this slice of spectrum provides the best near term opportunity for promoting innovation and expanding current offerings, such as Wi-Fi. That�s because combining the airwaves in this band with those already available for unlicensed use nearby could mean increased capacity, reduced congestion, and higher speeds.��