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Celebrating 2019 Successes in 5G, Broadband, Security and Public Safety

December 30, 2019

As we close the books on 2019, NTIA took stock of strides made in the past year on key Administration priorities. Topping the list is our work to make spectrum available for 5G, including completing engineering work to put critical mid-band spectrum to use in the 3.5 GHz band. NTIA also is proud of our work with government partners to enhance broadband connectivity, improve technology equipment in 911 call centers, and secure networks from cyber threats.

Ensuring U.S. Leadership in 5G, Broadband Opportunities

NTIA took a number of steps to support the Administration’s goal to advance 5G leadership and expand broadband connectivity around the country. We worked with the Department of Commerce to take stock of our spectrum assets and plan for future needs. Nearly 5.9 gigahertz of spectrum has been made available for licensed wireless services, including 5G, according to our report on efforts to re-purpose spectrum for commercial use.

We were excited to see the long-awaited initial commercial deployments of broadband wireless services in the 3.5 GHz band, after years of groundbreaking engineering work and testing by NTIA’s Office of Spectrum Management and the Institute for Telecommunication Sciences.


NTIA Letter to FCC Regarding Ligado Application

December 9, 2019
IB Docket Nos. 11-109 and 12-340

NTIA submits materials for consideration by the Commission in addressing the license modification applications of Ligado Networks, as amended. This letter and its enclosures are provided for inclusion in the record of this application proceeding pursuant to Section 103(b )(2)(J) of the NTIA Organization Act, as amended. 

Department of Commerce Comments on Mitigation of Orbital Debris in the New Space Age

April 9, 2019
IB Docket No. 18-313

The Department of Commerce respectfully requests that the Commission defer action in this proceeding until completion of the agency actions mandated by the President’s Space Policy Directives.  In the interim, the Department requests the Commission’s participation in an Interagency Working Group on Commercial Orbital Debris Requirements to, among other things, identify the proper agency to administer orbital debris regulations, develop regulatory parameters for any such regulations, and identify what approach the administration should take with regard to space insurance to advance U.S.

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