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Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) Service




The following entities are eligible to hold an authorization to operate Roadside units (RSUs) in the DSRCS:
  • Any territory, possession, state, city, county, town or similar governmental entity, and
  • any public safety or industrial/business entity meeting the eligibility requirements of CFR 90.33 or 90.35.
The ITS band is divided into seven ten-megahertz channels consisting of one Control Channel, six Service Channels and one five megahertz channel, which would be held in reserve. The Commission will issue an unlimited number of non-exclusive licenses to non-Federal Government public safety and non-public safety entities authorizing operation on seventy megahertz of the 5.9 GHz band, excluding the reserve channel.

RSU Registration

Licensees must register RSU sites, channels, and other relevant data on the Universal Licensing System (ULS) under the call sign of the relevant license. ULS will refer RSU registrations through NTIA that are within seventy-five kilometers of any of the existing Government radar sites listed in Section 90.371(b). ULS will send an acceptance letter to the licensee when the site is registered with NTIA. Any registered location rejected by NTIA for coordination will be dismissed.
Authority to operate begins after the filing is screened and the registration is posted on the Universal Licensing System (ULS). The Universal Licensing System (ULS) uses an automated "overnight batch" program to screen registration filings and RSUs that do not require additional processing will be posted within one business day (for electronically filed registrations). RSU registrations are subject to the requirements of Section 1.923 of the Commission’s rules (antenna structure registration, environmental concerns, international coordination, and quiet zones). RSU registrations that raise these issues may require additional time to process. Licensees must plan ahead given that authority to operate does not begin until the registration process is completed. All entities for which the Commission has licensing authority are authorized by rule to operate an FCC certified On-Board Unit in accordance with the rules contained in Part 95. No individual FCC license will be issued. (The FCC does not have authority to license foreign governments or their representatives, nor stations belonging to and operated by the United States Government.).
There is no limit to the number of non-exclusive geographic-area licenses that may be granted for this band. Because such licenses serve as a prerequisite of registering individual RSUs located within the licensed geographic area, each licensee will be authorized for seventy-megahertz of co-primary spectrum, 5.855-5.925 GHz. This spectrum will not be subject to any aggregation limit, so each licensee will use channels in accordance with the ASTM-DSRC Standard.

Application Filing

Applicants for non-exclusive licenses are encouraged to electronically file FCC Form 601 using the Universal Licensing System (ULS). To file using ULS:
  1. Go to ULS and select Online Filing. Enter your FCC Registration Number (FRN) and password.
    NOTE: Applicants must have an FRN in order to file applications and link registrations in ULS. If the applicant does not have an existing FRN, it must register and obtain an FRN prior to filing the license application.
  2. Specify that you are filing an application in the IQ - Intelligent Transportation Radio Service (Public Safety) or QQ - Intelligent Transportation Service (Non-Public Safety) and specify the purpose of the application as New (NE) (see ULS Filing Purposes).
  3. Applicants for DSRC geographic area applications will be required to file FCC Form 601 Main Form and Schedule B. ULS will automatically load FCC Form 601.

    NOTE: An FCC Form 601 Schedule D must be included with the application for the initial non-exclusive license. Because the non-exclusive license serves as a prerequisite for registering sites, an applicant will initially receive a single license for all frequency bands (5.855 – 5.925 GHz).
  4. Once filed, applications are assigned file numbers and all applications (and major amendments thereto) that are accepted for filing are listed on the Bureau’s Weekly Status Public Notices under the Site-based section.
See Public Notice DA 04-3165 (pdf) for further information.

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IQ - Intelligent Transportation Service (Public Safety)
QQ - Intelligent Transportation Service (Non-Public Safety)

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