FCC Reminds ITS Users to Vacate Lower Portion of 5.9 GHz Band by July 5
Tuesday, June 07, 2022 | Comments

The FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security and Wireless Telecommunications bureaus reminded intelligent transportation system (ITS) operators that they must vacate the 5.85 – 5.895 GHz portion of the 5.9 GHz band by July 5.

In its 5.9 GHz First Report and Order, the FCC gave ITS users one year from July 2, 221, the order’s effective date, to vacate the lower 45 megahertz of the band. That order also eliminated the bureaus’ ability to accept, process and grant license applications for that portion of the band. The order was aimed at adopting rules that would repurpose the lower part of the 5.9 GHz band to expand mid-band spectrum operations. At the same time, the order reserved the upper 30 megahertz of the band for ITS operations.

In addition, the order requires ITS services to transition from dedicated short range communications (DSRC) technology to cellular vehicle to everything (C-V2X)-based technology.

In addition to vacating that portion of the band by July 5, ITS operators must also certify with the bureaus that they have vacated the band by July 20.

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