By Nick Goldstein, vice president of regulatory and legal issues, ARTBA

ARTBA is opposing a Federal Communication Commission (FCC) proposal to open a spectrum of broadcast airwaves now restricted for safety purposes to commercial and recreational uses.

The agency has proposed allowing unlicensed devices—such as wireless phones and remote control toys—to operate in the lower portion of the 5.850-5.925 spectrum of airwaves. Commonly referred to as the “Safety Band” spectrum, it is currently reserved for transportation safety devices and increasingly for autonomous vehicle technology.

“Preserving the integrity of the Safety Band is essential to both improved roadway safety and continued development of life-saving innovations in the transportation sector,” ARTBA said in March 9 comments to the agency.