NTIA asks US agencies to review spectrum use

By Jonathan Nally
Monday, 05 August, 2019

NTIA asks US agencies to review spectrum use

The US National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has issued guidance to executive branch departments and agencies for reviewing their current spectrum assignments.

The move is a result of a 25 October 2018 presidential memorandum on “Developing a Sustainable Spectrum Strategy for America’s Future”.

Under the guidance, the NTIA has called for agencies to review their spectrum assignments in two bands, 3100–3550 MHz and 7125–8400 MHz, with the information to be provided in the next six to nine months.

Following this, NTIA will “solicit input from the agencies and other stakeholders on the next set of bands to be reviewed on a recurring and rolling basis”, according to a statement released on 1 August.

There are four steps to the NTIA’s data collection efforts:

  • The agencies will review frequency assignment data for the two initial bands.
  • The information will be used to update or develop spectrum use contours for those initial and any additional bands.
  • The agencies will continue to review their frequency assignments.
  • The agencies and other stakeholders will consider additional approaches, such as monitoring and scheduling, to better measure spectrum use.

The memorandum and guidance to agencies can be read here.

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