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Ford Takes Regulator for a Spin in Pitch to Save Connected Cars

  • FCC’s Pai, poised to act on talking car spectrum, rides F-150
  • Comcast among cable providers coveting access to frequencies

Automakers won control over a choice swath of wireless spectrum 20 years ago on the promise of delivering safety innovations to vehicles.

Now, after failing to deliver widespread breakthroughs, they’re at risk of losing those frequencies to Comcast Corp. and other cable companies that say they can use them to offer robust Wi-Fi links to subscribers.