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The Safety Band

What is the Safety Band?

The Safety Band is radio spectrum reserved specifically for transportation safety. In 1999, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) allocated 75 MHz of radio spectrum in the 5.9 GHz band to be used for vehicle and infrastructure communications... more

Secretary Chao Stresses Importance of the Safety Band

“…the First Responder Safety Technology Pilot Program…will provide up to $38 million to equip emergency response vehicles, transit vehicles and related infrastructure, including traffic signals and highway-rail-grade crossings, with V2X technology.  These systems will use the 5.9 Gigahertz “Safety Band” of spectrum currently allocated for use in transportation systems.  We know this issue is important to you.  We believe it is important to retain bandwidth for this purpose and have advocated that the FCC do so.”

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao, briefing to the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials in Washington, DC on February 26, 2020  Click here for full text

U.S. DOT’s March 13, 2020 Response to the FCC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Click here to read our filing, submitted via the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).

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Learn more about the Safety Band and Connected and Automated Vehicles

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