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ITE's Response to FCC NPRM
In our March 6 letter to the FCC, ITE President Randy McCourt and
Executive Director Jeff Paniati expressed our disappointment in
the proposal to reallocate spectrum that has been set aside for
life-saving communications between vehicles and other users.
We dispute the premise that unlicensed applications can operate
in 45 MHz of the existing spectrum without negatively impacting
the safety applications. We believe realigning the spectrum
against the judgment of transportation safety professionals and
the recommendations of the Secretary of the U.S. Department of
Transportation misses a significant opportunity to save lives.
As a founding member of the Road to Zero Coalition, ITE supports
the acceleration of advanced technologies, including connected
and automated vehicles (CAV), as a key strategy in achieving
Vision Zero.
In our view the FCC proposal to reallocate more than half of the
5.9 GHz safety spectrum for unlicensed uses, at a time when more
than 36,000 people are dying on our nation's highways each year,
and more than 1.8 million are injured, is short-sighted.
Connected vehicle technologies have been identified by the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) as having
the potential to save tens of thousands of lives each year-but
only if these technologies are given the certainty of a safety
spectrum that is free from signal interference.
In our response we highlighted research published by the United
States Department of Transportation (USDOT) this past December
that indicated signal interference "will occur, raising the question
of the reliability of vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communications in
this configuration. Without a high level of reliability, transportation
safety will be impacted."
Our full letter to the FCC can be found at http://bit.ly/ITE_FCC.

11.	 SPAT Challenge Overview. National Operations Center of Excellence.
https://transportationops.org/spatchallenge (Accessed March 2, 2020).
12.	 Remarks of Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, Silicon Flatirons
Conference Boulder, CO, USA, September 6, 2018. https://docs.fcc.gov/
public/attachments/DOC-353982A1.pdf (Accessed March 2, 2020).
13.	 ITE. "ITE Joins Call for the FCC to Preserve 5.9 GHz Spectrum for Safety."
May 15, 2019. https://www.ite.org/pub/?id=6263BD8C-D3DE-78B41444-599BC4174AE9 (Accessed March 2, 2020).
14.	 AASHTO. "AASHTO Calls for FCC to Stay the Course on Life-Saving
Deployment Of 5.9GHz Technologies." May 16, 2019. http://aashtonews.
wpengine.com/2019/05/16/aashto-calls-for-fcc-to-stay-the-courseon-life-saving-deployment-of-5-9ghz-technologies (Accessed
March 2, 2020).

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15.	 Braceras, Carlos et al. AASHTO and 50 State DOTs to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai,
August 19, 2019. Letter. https://www.transportation.org/wp-content/
uploads/2019/08/2019-08-19-AASHTO-52-CEO-Letter-to-FCC-on5.9GHz-Safety-Band.pdf (Accessed March 2, 2020).
16.	 AAA et al. AAA et al. to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, October 28, 2019. Letter. https://
policy.transportation.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/2019/10/SafetyGroups-Letter-to-FCC-on-5.9-GHz-Band.pdf (Accessed March 2, 2020).
17.	 "Concerns with Draft FCC NPRM: Use of the 5.850-5.925 GHz Band."
U.S. Department of Transportation. December 5, 2019. https://
www.transportation.gov/sites/dot.gov/files/docs/research-andtechnology/359811/preliminary-technical-assessment-fcc-59-ghz-nprm05dec2019-final.pdf (Accessed March 2, 2020).
18.	 FCC. Statement of Chairman Ajit Pai. December 13, 2019. https://docs.fcc.
gov/public/attachments/FCC-19-129A2.pdf (Accessed March 2, 2020).
19.	 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Use of the 5.850-5.925 GHz Band. FCC
ET Docket No. 19-138, February 6, 2020. https://www.federalregister.gov/
documents/2020/02/06/2020-02086/use-of-the-5850-5925-ghz-band
(Accessed March 2, 2020).
20.	 ITE. ITE Member Call to Action: Safety Spectrum Reallocation. February 7,
2020. https://www.ite.org/ITEORG/assets/File/Advocacy%20Committee/
ITE%20Call%20To%20Action%20-%205_9%20GHz_%20Final%20
Draft(1).pdf (Accessed March 2, 2020).
21.	 "Fact Sheet: FCC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for 5.9 GHz Realignment."
National Cooperative Highway Research Program Project 23-10. http://
onlinepubs.trb.org/Onlinepubs/nchrp/docs/FCC59GHzNoticeofProposed
RulemakingImpactstoStateDOTsFinal.pdf (Accessed March 2, 2020).
22.	 McCourt, R. and Paniati, J. to FCC Secretary Marlene Dortch. March 6, 2020.
Letter. https://www.ite.org/ITEORG/assets/File/Advocacy%20Committee/
ITE%20Comments%20on%20NPRM(1).pdf (Accessed March 11, 2020).
23.	 Furchtgott-Roth, Diana. "Laying a Foundation for an Automated Transportation System." Speech, Washington, DC, USA, January 13, 2020 https://www.
transportation.gov/sites/dot.gov/files/docs/research-and-technology/
362901/trb-panel-011320-dfr-remarks.pdf (Accessed March 2, 2020).

Holly Gilbert Stowell is senior editor and writer at
ITE Journal. She has a master's in journalism from the
NYU Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and a
bachelor's in English from Transylvania University in
Lexington, KY, USA. She previously worked as an
associate editor at ASIS International, the world's largest trade
association for security professionals, where she hosted and produced
the award-winning podcast Security Management Highlights, and
wrote feature articles and departments for trade magazine Security
Management. She has won more than 10 awards at the regional and
national level from the Association for Business Publication Editors,
and an APEX Award for Publication Excellence. Prior to ASIS, Holly
worked at CNN. She is a member of ACES: The Society for Editing.


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