NTIA Suggests U.S. Gov Share Its Spectrum with Consumers
A new plan being pitched by Obama administration officials would see the U.S. government share portions of its spectrum holdings with commercial companies that provide wireless services. "Spectrum is a finite resource in growing demand, and we need to focus on new ways to maximize its use," said Lawrence Strickling, administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). The spectrum in question offers 95MHz across 3,100 different frequencies, and is being used by more than 20 U.S. government agencies — including all branches of the military. Strickling suggested that some government users would be switched to different frequencies, while other federal and comercial users would share some of the frequencies. Strickling wants the U.S. and the wireless industry to discuss the idea and come up with a workable solution. CTIA - The Wireless Association is urging the Federal Communications Commission and NTIA to get to work on proposals as quickly as possible, Specifically, the CTIA is calling for them to reallocate the Federal 1755-1780MHz band for commercial use and to pair it with the AWS-3 2155-2180MHz band. The NTIA hopes that the FCC will hold auctions associated with these repurposed bands by 2014.
Senators Revive Wireless Innovation Act
A quintet of Senators recently re-introduced the Wireless Innovation Act of 2015, which asks the federal government to find 200 MHz of spectrum for wireless broadband. The act was sponsored by Senators Marco Rubio, Roger Wicker, Kelly Ayotte, Cory Gardner, and Ron Johnson.
FCC: Still Work to Do to Free Up More Spectrum
FCC Commissioner Tom Wheeler underscored the need to find and free up more spectrum in a recent meeting with the Obama Administration. Wheeler met with Lawrence Strickling, the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information, to discuss the FCC's progress in finding 500 megahertz of spectrum for wireless broadband.
FCC Chairman Opposes Idea of Government-Run 5G Network
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai today said he disagrees with national security advisors' idea that the government should take control of 5G. "I oppose any proposal for the federal government to build and operate a nationwide 5G network," said Pai in a statement.
CTIA, CCA Want All Millimeter Spectrum Bands Auctioned Off Together
Two of the country's largest wireless lobbying organizations have asked the FCC to consider auctioning off the 37, 39, and 42 GHz bands at the same time it auctions off the 24 GHz band. The agency believes the 24 GHz band is prime real estate for forthcoming 5G service, and it has a loose schedule for that auction.