House of Reps Task Force to Explore Gov's Use of Spectrum
The U.S House of Representatives has formed a new task force in order to evaluate the government's use of wireless spectrum and determine if it can be put to more efficient use. The federal government is the largest user of wireless spectrum in the U.S., with much of it owned by the Department of Defense for surveillance and weapons testing. "As the largest single spectrum user, the federal government could save taxpayers money and provide its own agencies better technology tools while simultaneously making more frequencies available to meet America's exploding demand for mobile broadband services," said Representative Greg Walden, chairman of the House Communications and Technology Subcommittee. The Federal Spectrum Working Group is a bipartisan effort. Earlier this year, the NTIA identified 95MHz of spectrum that it believes the federal government can share with commercial services. The Obama administration is looking to recapture 500MHz of spectrum for commercial use as part of its national broadband plan.