USA Reaffirms Plans to Release More Radio Spectrum for Mobile Broadband
Published on: 15th Jun 2013
By: Simon Davies
The USA's President has announced several new initiatives to bolster the availability of wireless spectrum for mobile broadband services.
The initiatives include a Presidential Memorandum directing Federal agencies to enhance the efficiency of their use of spectrum and make more capacity available to satisfy the demand of consumer and business broadband users.
The Memorandum directs agencies to increase their collaboration and data-sharing with the private sector, to encourage greater sharing of spectrum between Government and commercial users.
The Memorandum also calls upon Federal agencies to increase public-private research and development (R&D) activities, emphasize spectrum efficiency in Government system procurements and spectrum assignments, and improve the accuracy and scope of their reporting on spectrum usage. At the same time, the Memorandum requires appropriate safeguards to protect Government systems that rely on spectrum to keep Americans safe.
Responding, the trade association, the CTIA said that "Using the tools adopted in this Memorandum, and working closely with the Administration, Congress, the FCC and government departments and agencies, our collective task now is to push forward with clearing as much spectrum as possible, and work to enable the sharing of spectrum where clearing is impossible."
They added that "a timely pairing of the 1755-1780 MHz band with the 2155-2180 MHz spectrum that Congress has set for auction will play a key role in meeting the nation's demand for mobile broadband spectrum."
In a June 2010, the President announced plans to repurpose 500 MHz of Federal and nonfederal spectrum to wireless broadband use within 10 years. Based on NTIA's recommendations, the FCC could repurpose up to 335 MHz of federally assigned spectrum in the next couple of years.