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NTIA rounds up federal spectrum use information

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration launched spectrum.gov April 11, a website it hopes will serve as a hub for all information on federal spectrum use. In an April 11 blog post, NTIA Associate Administrator Karl Nebbia said the site provides a catalog of federal spectrum use in the 225 megahertz through 5 gigahertz bands.

Mobile devices create records management headache

Concern about mobile devices and records management sparked the National Archives and Records Administration to warn agencies about the challenges they're likely to face.

Former lawmakers say Telecommunications Act needs major overhaul

Former House members involved in the 1996 Telecommunications Act say the law needs to be overhauled because of outdated provisions. The law updated the 1934 Communications Act, which had created the FCC and laid out its regulatory role over phone, television and other communications services.

FirstNet GM resigns following another closed-door meeting

After less than one year in the position Bill D'Agostino resigned as general manager of FirstNet, the independent authority within the National Telecommunications and Information Administration working to build a nationwide wireless broadband network for public safety.

Power backs UN resolution on texting while driving

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations urged the passage of a resolution that calls on member states to ban texting while driving in a speech April 10.

Bring mobile gov out in the open

It's not that discussion around mobile innovation in government isn't happening. Mobile in government is generating buzz and, hopefully, action. But it's hard to tell. The problem is that such events aren't as open as they once were.

NIH, NASA education efforts include mobile

The National Institutes of Health and NASA are both embarking on digital outreach efforts – an interactive exhibit and a game, respectively – that they're designing with smartphones and tablets in mind.

Wheeler tries to sell broadcasters on incentive auction

The broadcast incentive auction expected to begin in mid 2015 is a rare opportunity, and broadcasters should begin preparing for it now, said FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler April 8, while speaking at the National Association of Broadcasters show in Las Vegas.

Agencies see 24% wireless cost savings when using BPA, says GSA

The General Services Administration says agencies have cut wireless costs by almost a quarter by using Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative wireless blanket purchase agreements.

PCAST report on spectrum proving transformative, says White House official

The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology submits recommendations regularly to the White House, but few have been as well received across government and as actionable as a July 2012 report on spectrum usage, says a senior official.

'Cuban Twitter' report disputed by USAID

The U.S. Agency for International Development did acknowledge that it funded the creation of ZunZuneo, a social media platform for people in Cuba, after the AP revealed the agency's involvement in a story Thursday.

Wheeler: FCC technology old, inefficient

The Federal Communications Commission is requesting approximately $13.5 million for information technology upgrades in fiscal 2015 – a figure FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler sought to justify before House appropriators.  

DoD seeks better ways to access and use electromagnetic spectrum

With an ever-increasing demand for finite electromagnetic spectrum, the Defense Department fears its reliance could hamper military operations within the United States and abroad. As a result, the DoD issued March 12 a solicitation, seeking to collaborate with industry, universities and research organizations to help find more advanced ways to better use this spectrum.

Half of young people text while driving at least a few times a week, paper says

Almost half of young people said they texted while driving at least a few times a week and believed that it was a means of sharing information and using time effectively, a January paper in the Safety Science Journal says.

APIs are king, says ODNI official

Application programming interfaces aren't the only the thing agencies should be focused on with mobility efforts, but they should be a core part of the approach, says Pamela Wise-Martinez, senior strategic enterprise architect at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

Spotlight: FCC rule to improve tracking of indoor 911 cellphone calls

The Federal Communications Commission plans to establish interim indoor accuracy measurements for wireless carriers that would ensure public-safety answering points get approximate location information for wireless 911 calls placed from indoors.

FCC freeing up spectrum for more Wi-Fi

An additional 100 megahertz of spectrum is set to become available for unlicensed uses such as Wi-Fi thanks to a March 31 decision by the Federal Communications Commission.

DoD mobile pilot expands

When news leaked last week that the White House is testing Samsung and LG smartphones as possible replacements to its BlackBerry devices – despite BlackBerry CEO John Chen's best efforts – no one should have been surprised. 

Credentials, pre-loaded apps challenge DoD mobility pilot

The Defense Department's mobility pilot is now well underway, but as the department allows non-BlackBerry devices to connect to its network, it faces several previously unforeseen challenges, said DoD Chief Information Officer Teri Takai. Non-customized consumer devices present problems in terms of credentialing and pre-loaded applications, said Takai at a March 26 event hosted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Spotlight: DoD spectrum sharing plan coming soon, says Wheeler

The Federal Communications Commission will soon circulate a detailed proposal for sharing spectrum in the 3.5 gigahertz band of spectrum currently occupied by the Defense Department.