The reports developed by the U.S. Department of Commerce in response to the President’s Spectrum Policy Initiative included a recommendation that the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) develop a plan to increase sharing of spectrum between federal and non-federal users which includes evaluation of technologies that are proposed to enhance sharing. NTIA sought public comment to address the implementation of the Spectrum Sharing Innovation Test-Bed (Test-Bed) where federal and non-federal users can study the feasibility of increasing the efficient use of the spectrum. Comments are attached below.
The public comments were reviewed by the Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee (CSMAC), which was established as part of the Presidential Spectrum Policy Initiative to advise the Assistant Secretary of Communications and Information, Department of Commerce, on needed reforms to spectrum policies and management to enable the introduction of new spectrum dependent technologies and services. NTIA also sought comments from the federal agencies on the Interdepartment Radio Advisory Committee (IRAC). The public comments as well as the comments provided by the CSMAC and the IRAC were used to develop the federal portion of the Test-Bed Pilot Program.