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Spectrum Management

Many Federal agencies use radio frequency spectrum to perform vital operations. NTIA manages the Federal government's use of spectrum, ensuring that America's domestic and international spectrum needs are met while making efficient use of this limited resource. NTIA carries out this responsibility with assistance and advice from the Interdepartment Radio Advisory Committee and by:

  • establishing and issuing policy regarding allocations and regulations governing the Federal spectrum use;
  • developing plans for the peacetime and wartime use of the spectrum;
  • preparing for, participating in, and implementing the results of international radio conferences;
  • assigning frequencies;
  • maintaining spectrum use databases;
  • reviewing Federal agencies' new telecommunications systems and certifying that spectrum will be available;
  • providing the technical engineering expertise needed to perform specific spectrum resources assessments and automated computer capabilities needed to carry out these investigations;
  • participating in all aspects of the Federal government's communications related emergency readiness activities; and
  • participating in Federal government telecommunications and automated information systems security activities.

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NTIA and Connectivity for All: Broadband and Beyond

Remarks of Alan Davidson - Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information - National Telecommunications and Information Administration 
As prepared for delivery at the 2023 Consumer Electronics Show session entitled,
“5G and Beyond - The Role of Tech in Delivering Connectivity to All”
January 7, 2023
Las Vegas, Nevada

Good afternoon, and thank you David for that introduction.

2022: A Year of Big Moves for NTIA

December 23, 2022

By: Assistant Secretary Alan Davidson

NTIA is like a start-up within the federal government, despite being nearly 45 years old. We’ve had the explosive growth of a new organization in my first year at the helm: Over one third of current NTIA staff was not here when I took the oath of office in January. While NTIA is still a small agency by government standards, we punched above our weight class in 2022. We delivered on programs to improve Internet connectivity while also notching big wins on spectrum policy, international standards, and other important tech policy issues.

On broadband, NTIA spent 2022 making down payments on our future investments in connecting everyone in America to affordable, reliable, high-speed Internet service. And those down payments weren’t small – we've awarded $2.3 billion in funding to nearly 300 entities as we advance the Biden-Harris Administration’s goal of closing the digital divide. Highlights from the year included:

NTIA Transmittal of FAA Letter Regarding Ericsson Waiver Request

December 14, 2022
Docket 22-298

NTIA submits the attached letter from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for inclusion in the above-captioned docket involving a waiver request by Ericsson to enable multiband devices for the 3.45 GHz and 3.7 GHz services. NTIA supports the FAA withdrawal of its concerns regarding the waiver, specifically in terms of out-of-band emissions into the 4.2-4.4 GHz band.

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