USA's Department of Defense to Release Radio Spectrum for Civilian Use
Published on: 21st Feb 2014
By: Ian Mansfield
The USA's Department of Defense has announced plans to reform its use of radio spectrum in order to release more of its allocation for use by private companies.
The strategy follows the release of a memorandum issued in 2010 by President Obama which requires 500 MHz of spectrum be made available for commercial use by 2020.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has previous estimated that wireless broadband providers would need an additional 275 MHz of spectrum by 2014 to meet conservative data demand estimates.
At the moment, about 18% of the spectrum between 300 MHz and 3 GHz (the spectrum most highly desired by the wireless community) is for Federal exclusive use.
The US President mandated that federal agencies free up a significant portion of wireless spectrum so that it can be used by individuals and businesses to spur domestic economic growth.
"The Department's Electromagnetic Spectrum Strategy addresses the ever increasing need for spectrum to achieve national security goals," said Teri Takai, DoD chief information officer. "This strategy also addresses short and long-term spectrum challenges as it relates to the growing US demand for wireless broadband services."