Spectrum sharing gets another push


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The Obama administration expressed its support for continued spectrum reform within the government in advance of a National Telecommunications & Information Administration meeting Dec. 13.

The meeting will gather industry experts, federal agencies and others to review the recent distribution of a 25-megahertz band, known as the 1755 band, between the Defense Department and non-federal users.

The meeting could spur other collaborations between the public and private sectors.

“It is absolutely essential to enhance collaboration and information sharing between federal agencies and private sector wireless technology companies,” said a statement from the U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer Tom Power.

The White House has issued a number of previous memorandums that deal with spectrum sharing since Obama took office.

The most recent, the Expanding America’s Innovation in Wireless Innovation Memorandum, implemented in June, directed agencies to expand leadership in wireless innovation and encouraged development of wireless technologies.

“Balancing the growing needs of both commercial and federal spectrum users present opportunities for increased efficiency and economic growth, but also poses challenges,” the statement said.

The White House also praised the new Federal Spectrum Incentive Act, which was reported out of committee this week. The bipartisan bill, which would give agencies a cut of the profit of spectrum bands they sell. The bill still has to pass the full House and Senate before it reaches the president’s desk.

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Agencies, Barack Obama, Department of Defense (DOD), Departments, Federal Communications Commission, Government IT News, NTIA, Tech, White House
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