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NTIA rounds up federal spectrum use information

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration launched  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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

TPI calls for new agency to lease spectrum

The Technology Police Institute called for the creation of an agency that would lease spectrum to government agencies the same way that the General Services Administration handles real estate.

Paper calls for spectrum court

A new court comprised of judges with expertise on spectrum issues could resolve disputes more fairly and effectively than the Federal Communications Commission, says a new paper published by the Brookings Institution's Hamilton Project.

FirstNet meeting reveals roadmap, staff structure

After more than two years in existence with little transparency into its operations, the First Responder Network Authority board revealed during a March 11 meeting its staff structure and a timeline for standing up a nationwide interoperable wireless broadband network for first responders.