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    The National Association of Radio and Telecommunications Engineers (NARTE) presented Marconi-Bell Awards to Charles Glass of NTIA and Scott Harris of the law firm Harris Wiltshire & Grannis for their work in helping to negotiate an international government/industry agreement on 5GHz WiFi that was approved at the World Radiocommunication Conference in Geneva earlier this year.
    Posted 12-10-2003

    Media Advisory: Deputy Commerce Secretary to Kick Off Discussion on Spectrum Efficiency as Part of President’s Spectrum Policy Initiative.
    Posted 12-05-2003

    The National Association of Radio and Telecommunications Engineers (NARTE) presented Marconi-Bell Awards to Charles Glass of NTIA and Scott Harris of the law firm Harris Wiltshire & Grannis for their work in helping to negotiate an international government/industry agreement on 5GHz WiFi that was approved at the World Radiocommunication Conference in Geneva earlier this year.
    Posted 12-10-2003

    Media Advisory: Deputy Commerce Secretary to Kick Off Discussion on Spectrum Efficiency as Part of President’s Spectrum Policy Initiative.
    Posted 12-05-2003

    NTIA has posted comments received in response to its Request for Comment on Improvements to the U.S. Preparation Process for World Radiocommunication Conferences.
    Posted 11-26-2003

    NTIA will host a Spectrum Efficiency and New Technology Forum on December 9, 2003. This forum is one in a series of discussions to implement the President’s Spectrum Policy Initiative, which will result in recommendations to the President for improving spectrum management policies and procedures. [Draft Agenda]
    Posted 11-19-2003

    NTIA has announced a series of public meetings designed to gather information from the private sector and state and local governments about better ways to manage spectrum.
    Posted 11-18-2003

    Press Release: NTIA Completes First Phase of Implementation for 2003 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-03) Final Acts
    Posted 11-13-2003

    NTIA has published in the Federal Register a Request for Comment on Improvements to the U.S. Preparation Process for World Radiocommunication Conferences; comments are due November 24. [Press Release]
    Posted 10-23-2003

    Press Release: Commerce Department to Study Impact of New Internet Protocol, Interagency Task Force to focus on effect of IPv6 on competitiveness, security and user needs.
    Posted 10-14-2003

    On October 1, 2003, NTIA announced the award of $13.95 million in Technology Opportunity Program (TOP) grants to 28 non-profit organizations, including state, local and tribal governments, in 22 states. TOP received 569 applications for FY 2003 funds. TOP grants, matched by $14.8 million in contributions from the private sector and state and local organizations, demonstrate how advanced telecommunication and information technology can address public concerns in areas such as economic development, housing, public safety, health and e-government. For information on TOP-supported projects, the list of FY 2003 awards, and a searchable database of applications submitted in FY 2003, click here.
    Posted 10-02-2003

    $14 million in federal Public Telecommunications Facilities Program (PTFP) grants announced Tuesday September 30th will assist public radio, public television and nonbroadcast (distance learning) projects across the country. $6 million will go to 23 grantees to assist in the digital conversion of 36 public television stations; $4.5 million will fund 66 radio grants; $1.6 million is for nine television equipment replacement grants; $1.4 million for 11 distance learning grants; and one grant was made to the University of Hawaii for $488,977 for the PEACESAT (Pan-Pacific Educational and Cultural Experiments by Satellite) project. The total amount awarded by PTFP in FY 2003 is $40.7 million for 170 grants. More information and a complete list of the FY 2003 PTFP grant awards are available at http://www.ntia.doc.gov/otiahome/ptfp/Projects/2003/index.htm
    Posted 09-17-2003

    The Commerce Department and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) have agreed to extend for another three years their Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to transition management of the Internet domain name and numbering system (DNS) due to expire on September 30, 2003. The new agreement includes key amendments designed to ensure that ICANN develops into an independent, stable, and sustainable organization that is capable of meeting its responsibilities for the technical management of the DNS. More information on the MOU is contained in a separate statement from the Commerce Department.
    Posted 09-17-2003

    Dot-kids Domain Names Now Available: Registration is underway and content will soon be accessible at the first "safe space for kids" on the Internet. The "Dot Kids Implementation and Efficiency Act" signed into law last year by President Bush has led to the creation of a child-friendly, on-line "safe zone." In the dot-kids space, children will enjoy the benefits of the Internet in an environment where parents and educators are assured that content is thoroughly screened and monitored. NeuStar, the contractual manager of the dot US domain, is now accepting applications for .kids.us Internet addresses on a first-come, first-served basis. More information is available at www.kids.us.
    Posted 09-04-2003

    NTIA has released a Report to Congress mandated by the Children's Internet Protection Act of 2000 (CIPA). According to the report, currently available technology measures have the capacity to meet most, if not all, of educational institutions' needs. The report also recommends that vendors offer training services to educational institutions, and that the definition of "technology protection measures" be expanded to encompass a wider array of technologies. [Press Release]
    Posted 08-18-2003

    Assistant Secretary Nancy Victory recently honored selected NTIA employees with the 2002 Bronze Medal Award. Photographs of the award recipients can be seen here.
    Posted 08-13-2003

    NTIA, the State Department and the Federal Communications Commission sent a joint letter to the ENUM Forum (.pdf file) supporting an industry-based mechanism for implementing ENUM in the U.S. [Press Release]
    Posted 08-13-2003


    Assistant Secretary Nancy Victory sent a letter to the Library of Congress as a continuation of the consultative process with the Register of Copyrights in connection with Section 1201(a)(1) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).
    Posted 08-13-2003

FCC and NTIA announce Implementation Plan for 2003 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-03) Final Acts (08-07-2003)

Posted 08-07-2003


    NTIA filed comments in IB Dockets No. 01-185 and 02-364 supporting the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in its efforts to implement a regulatory framework necessary to permit Mobile Satellite Service (MSS) providers to integrate ancillary terrestrial components into their networks.
    Posted 07-15-2003
    NTIA will host an informational briefing regarding the launch of the new kids.us domain on Tuesday, July 22, 2003, at 3:00 p.m. The meeting will take place at the Rayburn House Office Building, Independence Avenue, S.W., Room 2218, Washington, D.C. 20515.
    Posted 07-14-2003
    Assistant Secretary Nancy Victory spoke on "Net Neutrality: Let's Look Before We Leap" at the Progress and Freedom Foundation Conference.
    Posted 06-27-2003
    NTIA supports FCC's efforts to extend interference protection to include the SARSAT emergency distress frequency (Reply Comments).
    Posted 06-10-2003
    NTIA's Office of Spectrum Management has published the Spring 2003 edition of Spectrum News.
    Posted 06-06-2003
    WENTLAND NAMED HEAD OF NTIA'S SPECTRUM MANAGEMENT OFFICE
    NTIA Administrator Nancy J. Victory announced that Fredrick R. Wentland, Director of Spectrum Plans and Policies at NTIA, has been appointed NTIA's new Associate Administrator for Spectrum Management, effective today. Associate Administrator Wentland, a 22-year veteran of NTIA, succeeds William Hatch, who retired last year. 
    Responsibilities of the Office of Spectrum Management include distribution of spectrum to 63 federal agencies; engineering and analysis relative to interference resolution; and management of the Interdepartment Radio Advisory Committee (IRAC).
    Posted 05-27-2003
    NTIA filed comments in the FCC's WT Docket No. 01-90 proceeding on "Amendment of the Commission's Rules Regarding Dedicated Short-Range Communication Services in the 5.850-5.925 GHz Band (5.9 GHz ) Band and ET Docket No. 98-95, Amendment of Parts 2 and 90 of the Commission's Rules to Allocate the 5.850-5.925 GHz Band to the Mobile Service for Dedicated Short Range Communications of Intelligent Transportation Services.
    Posted 05-19-2003
    Assistant Secretary Nancy Victory made "Welcoming Remarks" to open the Wireless Innovations: New Technologies and Evolving Policies Roundtable.
    Posted 05-13-2003
    Deputy Assistant Secretary Gallagher presented the Special Address: Spectrum Allocation and Other Issues, at the Eighth Annual Telecommunications Law Conference, Seattle, Washington, on April 24.
    Posted 05-09-2003
    NTIA has posted information, including an agenda, on the two-day wireless technology showcase and policy discussion, hosted in cooperation with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the U.S. Department of State's Office of International Communications and Information Policy (CIP), May 12-13. 
    Posted 05-08-2003
    NTIA has filed comments with the FCC in ET Docket No. 02-380, Additional Spectrum for Unlicensed Devices Below 900 MHz and in 3 GHz band.
    Posted 05-08-2003
    Assistant Secretary Nancy Victory spoke to the NARUC National Summit on Broadband Deployment II, "On the Path to Making the Broadband Vision a National Reality." 
    Posted 04-29-2003
    NTIA has released a Notice in the Federal Register with information on the "Wireless Innovations: New Technologies and Evolving Policies" conference it will host in cooperation with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the U.S. Department of State's Office of International Communications and Information Policy (CIP), May 12-13, 2003.
    Posted 04-24-2003
    Meeting Announcement: NTIA, with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the U.S. Department of State's International Communications and Information Policy (CIP) group, will host a two-day wireless technology showcase and policy discussion, May 12-13.
    Posted 04-16-2003
    The Commerce Department's General Counsel sent a letter on H.R. 1320, the "Commercial Spectrum Enhancement Act," to the Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet, House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
    Posted 04-09-2003
    Assistant Secretary Nancy Victory presented the Administration's views on H.R. 1320, the Commercial Spectrum Enhancement Act, and the creation of a spectrum relocation fund in testimony before the Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
    Posted 03-25-2003
    Assistant Secretary Nancy Victory spoke at the CTIA Special Interest Seminar, ALACEL - Latin-American Conference Wireless 2003, New Orleans, LA.
    Posted 03-19-2003
    NTIA announces new contract with Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) for Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions effective April 1st. Although ICANN has performed these functions on behalf of the Commerce Department since February 2000, the new Statement of Work reflects an evolution in performance of tasks such as coordination of the assignment of technical protocol parameters, administrative functions associated with root server management, and allocation of Internet numbering resources. Requirements mandating quarterly statistical and narrative information and the development of new processing metrics are included in the new contract.
    Posted 03-17-2003
    NTIA has announced the Fiscal Year 2003 grant round for the Technology Opportunities Program (TOP). For FY 2003, approximately $12.4 million is available for matching grants. The deadline for submission of grant applications is Wednesday, April 23. [Press Release]
    Posted 03-17-2003
    Assistant Secretary Nancy J. Victory spoke on "Putting the 'Advanced' into the Television of Tomorrow" at the Annual Meeting of the Advanced Television Systems Committee.
    Posted 03-11-2003
    The Department of Commerce and Neustar reached agreement (pdf format) on February 14, 2003 regarding the implementation and operation of the second level domain, .kids.us, in the .us domain pursuant to the "Dot Kids Implementation and Efficiency Act of 2002," Public Law no. 107-317. 
    Posted 02-27-2003
    NTIA has released a Federal Register notice stating that as of March 31, 2003, the comment periods in each of the nine ESIGN exceptions dockets are closed. NTIA will not accept or place in the record documents filed in these dockets after this date. 
    Posted 02-24-2003
    Eligibility for Dot-EDU Internet Addresses to be Expanded. See Press Release
    Posted 02-11-2003
    NTIA filed comments with the FCC in WT Docket No. 02-353, Services Rules for Advanced Wireless Services in the 1.7 GHz and 2.1 GHz Bands. 
    Posted 02-06-2003
    The Agenda and Webcast Info for NTIA's February 12 VoIP Roundtable have been added. 
    Posted 02-04-2003
    NTIA filed reply comments with the FCC in WT Docket No. 02-146, Allocations and Service Rules for the 71-76 GHz, 81-86 GHz, and 92-95 GHz Bands. 
    Posted 02-04-2003
    Agreement reached regarding U.S. position on 5 GHz wireless access devices. [Press Release
    Posted 01-31-2003
    NTIA has released the ninth and final notice in its series of public notices requesting comment on the nine exceptions to the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce (ESIGN) Act. The notices request comment on exceptions to the Act covering housing foreclosure, repossession, and default notices; court records; hazardous materials; product recall notices; domestic and family law documents; wills, codicils, and testamentary trusts; health and life insurance cancellation notices; state uniform commercial code; and utility service cancellation notices. 
    Posted 01-27-2003
    NTIA filed comments with the FCC on technical issues raised in its Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Global Mobile Personal Communications by Satellite (IB Docket No. 99-67, RM No. 9165).
    Posted 01-16-2003
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