In 1999, the US government put aside 75 megahertz of range in the 5.9 GHz band for DRSC, or dedicated short-range communications, intended for vehicles to communicate with each other in real time to help decrease disasters. Of the 260 million automobiles on US streets, just a couple of thousand is DSRC compatible as efficient vehicles have moved past DSRC to work and speak with different vehicles. Some may advise this activity as useless.

Failure isn’t always a terrible thing, yet perceiving this and adjusting is essential. This is one reason the web players are hoovering up money all over. The National Transportation Safety Board predicts it could be up to thirty years before the bulk of vehicles out and about have DSRC ability, so you need to ponder whether this is an instance of beating a dead horse. Since different parts of the tech world are advancing, Rosenworcel is proposing this 75 megahertz of range could be better utilized somewhere else.
“Earlier this year, it [Congress] asked the FCC to identify 100 megahertz of spectrum below 8 GHz for unlicensed use,” said Rosenworcel. “To meet this threshold, we need to take another look at the 5.9 GHz band.

“It’s the ideal place to explore wifi expansion because it’s adjacent to an existing unlicensed band. That means we have the opportunity to introduce new wideband channels – channels that will be able to take advantage of new standards and deliver speeds even faster than 1 Gbps. In other words, this is where we can develop next-generation gigabit wifi.”

Spectrum is in scant supply, and there is little space to oblige innovations and undertakings which have offer little in return. This is simply the circumstance the US has found itself in with DSRC. With nearly zero prospects for DSRC to affect, one has to think about how long it can hold onto this technology.

In contrast with wifi, there are currently more than 9 billion wifi equipped devices, a number conceivably expanding by 50 billion before the decade’s over, while almost 70% of cell phone data use wifi. Maybe even the telcos will bolster such a move to offer more spectrum for wifi. The telcos are fighting against network strain, and more viable wifi could be a way to ease some of the pressure.

At times choices are obviously self-evident, and this is by all accounts one of those cases.

“There is no shame in correcting course,” Rosenworcel said. “And I think it’s time to be ambitious and find a way forward that puts the 5.9 GHz band to fuller use.”