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.

June 2002
Speech/Testimony
06/05/2002

April 2002
Speech/Testimony
04/23/2002

March 2002
FCC Filing
03/07/2002
WT Docket No. 00-230

February 2002
Report
02/01/2002

December 2001
Report
12/01/2001

November 2001
Report
11/01/2001

October 2001
FCC Filing
10/24/2001
WT Docket No. 01-14

September 2001
Other Publication
09/06/2001

July 2001
Speech/Testimony
07/31/2001

April 2001
FCC Filing
04/11/2001
IB Docket No. 99-67