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Frequency Assignment Subcommittee (FAS)

The Frequency Assignment Subcommittee (FAS), chaired by NTIA, shall have as its normal function the carrying out of those functions given in Article II related to the assignment and coordination of radio frequencies and the development and execution of procedures therefore.  Only FAS representatives or alternates are authorized to submit votes for assignments on the FAS agenda or before the subcommittee.

In the furtherance of the above, on behalf of the IRAC and after coordination with the Deputy Associate Administrator for Spectrum Management, Office of Spectrum Management the FAS shall:              

1. Address frequency assignment issues brought before the group that requires discussion and resolution involving the whole membership;              

2.  Address, by voting on a daily basis, normal frequency assignments actions and requests for radio frequency authorizations;              

3. Address problems that cannot be solved by local coordination;              

4. Address improvements and refinements to the frequency assignment process.

FAS Advisory Groups

The Aeronautical Advisory Group (AAG) of the FAS, chaired by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), is responsible for engineering AAG frequency assignments and determining whether or not applications for frequency assignment action in the following designated bands of primary concern to the aeronautical mobile and aeronautical radionavigation services should be approved by NTIA.

190-285 kHz978-1020 MHz inclusive

285-435 kHz1030 MHz

510-535 kHz1031-1087 MHz inclusive

74.800-75.200 MHz1090 MHz

108.000-121.9375 MHz1104-1146 MHz inclusive

123.5875-128.8125 MHz1157-1213 MHz inclusive

132.0125-137.000 MHz5000-5250 MHz

328.600-335.400 MHz

The Military Advisory Group (MAG), chaired by the Air Force, is established under the cognizance of the NTIA IRAC Frequency Assignment Subcommittee (FAS) to provide guidance and procedures for the management of the 225.000-328.600 and 335.400-399.900 MHz frequency bands (hereafter referred to as “the MAG bands”), which are of primary concern to the military departments.

The officers of the FAS shall consist of a Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, and a Secretary.

Mr. John R. McFall
National Telecommunications & Information Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce
Herbert C. Hoover Building, Room 1982
1401 Constitution Ave, NW
Washington, D.C. 20230
Phone: 202-482-1486
Fax: 202-482-1133

Vice Chairperson
Mr. Gregory A. Melz
Department of Commerce
National Telecommunications and Information Administration
Herbert C. Hoover Building, Room 1982
1401 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20230
Phone: 202-482-4483
Fax: 202-482-1133 

Ms. Angelyn Harris-Kharazi
National Telecommunications & Information Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce
Herbert C. Hoover Building, Room 1087
1401 Constitution Ave, NW
Washington, D.C. 20230
Phone: 202-482-4483
Fax: 202-482-3790

For FCC Applicants:

If you have requested a frequency that is in the shared government/non government bands or exclusive government bands then coordination with NTIA is required.

This coordination is processed through the FCC Gettysburg, Pa office and is forwarded to the FCC Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) office in Washington D.C. who then forwards the request to NTIA. For those FCC applicants who are requesting Aeronautical Bands an additional review for engineering is done by the FAA prior to submission to NTIA. The FAA review time depends on the applicant having completed prior regional coordination with the local FAA coordinator and submitting required forms to the FAA and the FCC.

Approval from NTIA for FCC applications usually takes 9 workdays. However, if an interference problem is identified or additional information is required the application is tabled and the FCC OET office is notified.

If your FCC application has not been approved in a reasonable amount of time and you are informed that it is at IRAC or NTIA; please contact the FCC licensing branch with whom the application was filed for status, or for general assistance call 877-480-3201.