The White House has released a National Spectrum Strategy in coordination with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). This strategy aims to identify suitable spectrum for potential new uses and improve coordination on spectrum decision-making.
The strategy has identified 2,786 megahertz of spectrum across five bands for in-depth study to determine their suitability for new uses. Additionally, it has identified a pipeline of spectrum for private sector use, including the lower 3 GHz and the 7-8 GHz bands. The strategy also focuses on advanced technology for spectrum sharing capabilities.
In parallel to the National Spectrum Strategy, President Biden has released a Presidential Memorandum that establishes spectrum policy and a process for resolving spectrum-related conflicts. This memorandum also establishes an Interagency Spectrum Advisory Council, which will serve as the lead interagency forum for advising the NTIA on spectrum policy matters.
The Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information and NTIA Administrator, Alan Davidson, emphasizes the importance of spectrum as a vital national resource. He believes that the National Spectrum Strategy will foster innovation in both the public and private sectors, ensuring that the United States remains a world leader in wireless technologies.
FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel supports the National Spectrum Strategy, stating that it marks the next phase of wireless leadership in the U.S. She also calls for the restoration of the FCC’s spectrum auction authority, which expired earlier this year. Rosenworcel believes that restoring this authority will strengthen the United States’ ability to compete in the global wireless economy, counter adversaries’ technology ambitions, and safeguard national security.
The White House’s National Spectrum Strategy and the establishment of the Interagency Spectrum Advisory Council show the government’s commitment to effectively manage the allocation and usage of spectrum resources. It sets the stage for continued innovation and advancement in wireless technologies.