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Highway Users Extremely Concerned FCC is Jeopardizing Roadway Safety

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

Contact: Daisy Singh, info@highways.org

(WASHINGTON, DC) – On October 27th the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Pai announced that the FCC plans to move forward with their proposal to divvy up the 5.9 GHz spectrum band and give it away to unlicensed Wi-Fi with the Commission expected to vote on reallocation of the band at their November meeting.

Highways Users President and CEO Laura Perrotta issued the following statement addressing the FCC’s plan:

“The American Highway Users Alliance (Highway Users) is alarmed that the FCC is planning to proceed with their effort to give away segments of the 5.9 GHz spectrum band ignoring calls from the roadway safety community that this course of action will have a devastating impact on the future of life saving advancements and lead to interference when deploying Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) technologies.

This short-sighted decision will strip away a very important safety tool for State DOTs and result in weakening efforts to drive down over 36,000 fatalities and 2.7 million serious injuries on our roadways annually in exchange for faster internet. Highway users across the country deserve a safe drive home and this decision could jeopardize a brighter future with safer roadways. The Highway Users will continue to fight back on this dangerous endeavor.”

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