Citizens Against Government Waste Statement on 5.9 GHz | Citizens Against Government Waste

Citizens Against Government Waste Statement on 5.9 GHz

Press Release

For Immediate ReleaseContact: Ally Abrams 202-467-5310
December 9,


(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) President Tom Schatz released the following statement on the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) announcement to properly utilize 5.9 GHz spectrum.

“Today’s action finally opens the 5.9 GHz spectrum for a fresh look by the FCC.  This critical spectrum was reserved for a single purpose related to a single technology and has been severely underutilized for the past 20 years.  Opening up the 5.9 GHz spectrum will positively impact everything from communications between automobiles, to virtual reality video games, to improved availability of Wi-Fi in public spaces like stadiums and libraries.  The FCC’s plan to provide 45 MHz for unlicensed use while preserving the upper 30 MHz for new automotive safety applications is a win for both the automotive industry and the American people.  This is another example of the excellent work being done by the FCC to ensure that the United States retains its leadership in global telecommunications and innovation.”

Citizens Against Government Waste is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in government.  For more than two decades, Porker of the Month is a dubious honor given to lawmakers and government officials who have shown a blatant disregard for the interests of taxpayers.