The White House Friday is announcing a $100 million, multi-prong initiative to free up more government spectrum via spectrum sharing and spectrum efficiency that could also allow for relinquishing spectrum. That is according to a White House official on background.
At the same time, the Administration is releasing a report promoting the advances and investment in broadband under the Obama administration.
Two years ago, the president called for what he said was a deficit reduction plan to deploy high-speed wireless services to at least 98% of Americans, including those in more remote rural communities, while freeing up spectrum through incentive auctions, spurring innovation, and creating a nationwide, interoperable wireless network for public safety. He included his wireless broadband deployment plan as part of the American Jobs Act.
The new initiatives include a presidential directive to federal agencies "to enhance the efficiency of their use of spectrum and make more capacity available to satisfy the skyrocketing demand of consumer and business broadband users."
The memorandum creates a White House-based Spectrum Policy Team to oversee implementation and make further recommendations.
The president is also pledging $100 million in R&D support. By September, the National Science Foundation will award $23 million in spectrum-sharing research and development grants and DARPA will announce the first of a planned $60 million in contracts for federal spectrum sharing efforts over the next five years.
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration and the National Institute of Standards and Technology will spend another $17.5 million on spectrum and advanced communications research and to encourage more public-private collaboration.
There will also be a Spectrum Technology Day to "showcase advances in spectrum sharing and other innovations aimed at solving the so-called 'spectrum crunch.'"
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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc