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NTIA Issues Report on Reallocation of 500 MHz of Spectrum for Wireless Broadband

November 15, 2010

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NTIA Issues Report on Reallocation of 500 MHz of Spectrum for Wireless Broadband

November 15, 2010

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The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), an agency in the U.S. Department of Commerce that manages the Federal use of spectrum, has issued a series of reports outlining a ten-year plan to make available 500 MHz of Federal and non-Federal spectrum for wireless broadband use and a “fast track” review of certain frequency bands that could be made available within five years.  The target date for identifying the first band of spectrum that could be reallocated is January 2011, and the FCC would not begin issuing licenses for wireless broadband (via auction) until 2013 at the earliest.  The FCC would first need to conduct rulemakings on the technical, operational, and auction rules for repurposed spectrum and to accommodate any shared Federal/non-Federal use, relocation of incumbents, and issuance of authorizations.

The frequency bands under consideration for initial evaluation are within the range 225 MHz to 4000 MHz and will be evaluated for potential commercial wireless broadband based on technical, operational and cost considerations.  NTIA will also consider the technical feasibility of sharing spectrum between Federal and non-Federal users and opening up bands currently designated for Federal use for sharing with non-Federal users.

Details regarding the specific frequency bands under consideration and copies of NTIA’s reports are available at:

http://www.ntia.doc.gov/reports/2010/TenYearPlan_11152010.pdf http://www.ntia.doc.gov/reports/2010/FastTrackEvaluation_11152010.pdf

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