Spectrum Management

Many Federal agencies use radio frequency spectrum to perform vital operations. NTIA manages the Federal government's use of spectrum, ensuring that America's domestic and international spectrum needs are met while making efficient use of this limited resource. NTIA carries out this responsibility with assistance and advice from the Interdepartment Radio Advisory Committee and by:
  • establishing and issuing policy regarding allocations and regulations governing the Federal spectrum use;
  • developing plans for the peacetime and wartime use of the spectrum;
  • preparing for, participating in, and implementing the results of international radio conferences;
  • assigning frequencies;
  • maintaining spectrum use databases;
  • reviewing Federal agencies' new telecommunications systems and certifying that spectrum will be available;
  • providing the technical engineering expertise needed to perform specific spectrum resources assessments and automated computer capabilities needed to carry out these investigations;
  • participating in all aspects of the Federal government's communications related emergency readiness activities; and
  • participating in Federal government telecommunications and automated information systems security activities.
NTIA is also collaborating with the Federal Communications Commission to make available a total of 500 megahertz of Federal and nonfederal spectrum over the next 10 years for mobile and fixed wireless broadband use. This initiative, to nearly double the amount of commercial spectrum, will spur investment, economic growth, and job creation while supporting the growing demand by consumers and businesses for wireless broadband services.

February 2007
Report
02/16/2007

January 2007
FCC Filing
01/25/2007
WT Docket No. 00-48, RM-9499, PR Docket No. 92-257

December 2006
Meeting
12/13/2006
FCC Filing
12/01/2006
WT Docket No. 04-344, RM-10821, PR Docket No. 92-257

November 2006
Federal Register Notice
11/28/2006
FCC Filing
11/16/2006
RM-11341
Report
11/01/2006

September 2006
Report
09/22/2006

August 2006
FCC Filing
08/24/2006
File Nos. 0001988156 and 0001988415
FCC Filing
08/22/2006
EB Docket No. 06-119