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NTIA Reports to President on Sharing 1.7 GHz Band with Commercial Users (2/20/13)
In a report to the president, the National Telecommunication and Information Administration (NTIA) identified 15 megahertz of spectrum at 1.695 – 1.71 GHz for reallocation from federal use to nonfederal use and recommended that the FCC reallocate the band for commercial use.

The recommendation follows an NTIA letter to the FCC in 2011 with the conclusion.

The spectrum would be shared with currently allocated federal services. NTIA’s Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee (CSMAC) is reviewing options to minimize the impact of exclusion zones on anticipated commercial broadband operations. A working group composed of federal agency officials has been developing ways to facilitate the introduction of commercial wireless broadband in this 15 megahertz of spectrum.

The CSMAC will make its final recommendations to NTIA based on the working group’s technical parameters for commercial and federal sharing. “Accordingly, NTIA is confident that the FCC can proceed now with its process to repurpose the 15 megahertz between 1.695 and 1.71 GHz pursuant to this recommendation even though the CSMAC has not completed its work as of the transmittal date of this report,” NTIA said.

CSMAC is expected to provide the recommendations this month, and NTIA will provide that information to the FCC for its rulemaking proceeding called for in the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012.

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