New Act Calls for Reallocation of 1755-1780MHz Spectrum Band
Representatives Cliff Stearns and Doris Matsui today proposed the Efficient Use of Government Spectrum Act, which officially calls for spectrum in the 1755-1780MHz band to be reallocated from federal use to commercial use. The act follows a recommendation made last month by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) that suggested the government might be able to share that spectrum block with consumers. The CTIA Wireless Association was quick to support the new act. "Reallocation of the 1755 to 1780 megahertz band is a high priority for CTIA and its members. We hope that this and other bands currently occupied but often underutilized by federal users will be made available for commercial use as expeditiously as possible," said Jot Carpenter, Vice President Government Affairs for CTIA. 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. NTIA administrator Lawrence Strickling suggested that some government users would be switched to different frequencies, while other federal and comercial users would share some of the frequencies. The CTIA hopes the reallocated 1755-1780MHz band will be paired with the AWS-3 2155-2180MHz band.