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FCC Creates Opportunities In 5.9-GHz Band

Private-sector deployment of Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) systems along roads and highways in the United States received a huge lift by the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recent ruling to open the 5.9-GHz band to this application, according to market research firm ABI Research (Oyster Bay, NY). The firm's research report - Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) - notes that any organization can buy a nonexclusive license for a relative affordable feed that allows them to erect towers in defined geographic area potentially as large as an entire state. Prior to the FCC action, the assumption was that most of the DSRC infrastructure would be built by the federal Department of Transportation. But the new ruling allows businesses to erect towers and make use of the frequency band for their own purposes, provided that they have registered their transmission towers with the FCC and cleared priorities for interference with law-enforcement, public-safety, and other local authorities. The report also analyzes RFID and Wi-Fi for use in the vehicle, along with competing and supporting technologies for DSRC networks. ABI Research -->

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