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National Spectrum Strategy

On October 25, 2018, the President signed the "Developing a Sustainable Spectrum Strategy for America’s Future" Presidential Memorandum. The memo set forth a “balanced, forward-looking, flexible, and sustainable approach to spectrum management” that includes the development of a new National Spectrum Strategy. To support the strategy’s development, the memo directed federal agencies to report to the Secretary of Commerce, working with NTIA, on their future spectrum requirements and to conduct a review of current frequency assignments.

A Spectrum Strategy Task Force, under the chairmanship of the Chief Technology Officer and the National Economic Council, was established to work with NTIA in implementing the memorandum.

 

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Second Annual Report on the Status of Spectrum Repurposing

January 07, 2021

The United States continues to build on its 5G leadership and is critically focused on repurposing radiofrequency spectrum – especially through investment in America’s mid-band spectrum. Our country leads the world in availability of high- and low-band spectrum for commercial wireless services. Now, as this Report highlights, the United States is making tremendous strides in repurposing important mid-band spectrum.

NTIA Report on Spectrum Repurposing Finds Significant Progress

January 7, 2021

The Second Annual Report on the Status of Spectrum Repurposing, released this week, found that NTIA and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have made significant spectrum available for commercial wireless services, including mid-band spectrum for 5G, during the past four years.

The 2020 repurposing report describes recent accomplishments and documents ongoing efforts to address reallocation of federal and non-federal spectrum bands in 23 band segments below 95 GHz. It also provides details for 14 low- and mid-range bands that have been repurposed or remain under consideration for repurposing.

According to the report, the U.S. has made a collective 1,130.5 megahertz of licensed mid-band spectrum ready for the U.S. industry to deploy for innovative 5G services, through a combination of reallocation, license modifications, new leasing authority, and greater regulatory flexibility. Additionally, 15,215 megahertz of unlicensed spectrum has been made available that will power the next generation of Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi 6, and other emerging unlicensed technologies. 

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