House Spectrum Group Asks NTIA for Federal Spectrum Authorizations (7/10/12)
The House Energy and Commerce Committee’s bipartisan Federal Spectrum Working Group asked the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to make additional federal spectrum available for commercial service. The members requested NTIA specify the number of spectrum authorizations each federal user held in 2011 and the amount of spectrum assigned to each federal user.
“The U.S. government is the single largest spectrum user in the country,” said the letter to Lawrence Strickling, assistant secretary of Commerce for communications and information. “Finding more efficient ways for the government to use this valuable public asset without compromising critical objectives would not only produce dividends for government agencies, but also inject additional resources into the private sector to spur our economy.”
Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden and Ranking Member Anna Eshoo created the Federal Spectrum Working Group to examine how the federal government can use the nation's airwaves more efficiently.
The full text of the letter is available here.
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