OP-ED: Let's Keep Driving Forward on Connected Cars & Next-Gen Wi-Fi - International Center for Law & Economics

OP-ED: Let’s Keep Driving Forward on Connected Cars & Next-Gen Wi-Fi

RealClearPolicy – ICLE Executive Director Ian Adams published an op-ed in RealClearPolicy about a regulatory standoff between the Federal Communications Commission and the U.S. Department of Transportation over the 5.9 GHz band. The full piece is available here.

These days, there isn’t a lot of harmony in the world of technology policy. But there is a bright spot of bipartisanship in a section of our airwaves: the 5.9 GHz band. In 2020, the FCC voted unanimously to modernize the rules in this spectrum to allow both Wi-Fi and automotive safety tech to operate. This win-win was celebrated by proponents of car safety and broadband alike. But today the Department of Transportation (DOT) is working on a study that may purposely have been designed to undo this decision. At a time when broadband is more important than ever, we should not undo this popular and bipartisan policy.