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Federal Agencies Asked to Review Current Frequency Assignments

August 01, 2019

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Today, NTIA sent guidance to executive branch departments and agencies for reviewing current spectrum frequency assignments, as directed in the Oct. 25, 2018 Presidential Memorandum “Developing a Sustainable Spectrum Strategy for America’s Future.”

NTIA is requiring agencies to initially review two bands: 3100-3550 MHz and 7125-8400 MHz. The agencies must provide the information over the next six to nine months. NTIA will then solicit input from the agencies and other stakeholders on the next set of bands to be reviewed on a recurring and rolling basis.

The data collection efforts include four components. First, agencies will review frequency assignment data for the two initial bands. Second, this information will be used to update or develop spectrum use contours for these initial and any additional bands. Third, agencies will continue to review their frequency assignments. Fourth, agencies and other stakeholders will explore additional methods, such as monitoring and scheduling, to better quantify spectrum use.

For more information, see the memorandum and guidance to agencies

In a separate request, NTIA asked federal agencies on Nov. 30, 2018 to report on their future spectrum needs.