Wednesday, November 22, 2000
Ranjit de Silva
COMMERCE DEPARTMENT CREATES ELECTRONIC DISCUSSION FORUM FOR THIRD GENERATION WIRELESS ISSUES
WASHINGTON The Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced it has created an open electronic mail discussion forum or "Listserv" on issues relating to the identification of radio spectrum for third generation wireless systems in the United States.
"The open forum is intended to complement the outreach program President Clinton directed Commerce Secretary Norman Y. Mineta to undertake in the efforts to select radio spectrum for third generation wireless systems," Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information Gregory L. Rohde said. "The listserv is not intended to form a public record on which to base future policy or administrative actions, but to facilitate more open public discussion of the issues by providing the public a means to share ideas on this very significant issue," Rohde said.
On Oct. 13, 2000 President Clinton directed federal agencies to work with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the private sector to identify radio spectrum for third generation wireless communications technology. In response to the President's directive, Commerce Secretary Norman Y. Mineta on Oct. 20, 2000 announced a plan, in cooperation with the FCC, the Defense Department and other federal agencies setting forth the steps that will result in licensing of 3G wireless systems by Sept. 30, 2002. NTIA and the FCC also separately issued interim reports on current spectrum uses in certain frequency bands.
The listserv will remain open until July 31, 2001 or such other time determined by NTIA. Participation in the listserv is open to members of the public interested in discussing the issues relating to 3G wireless systems.
To subscribe to the mailing list, send an electronic mail message to firstname.lastname@example.org, leave the subject link blank and put the following command in the body of the message: join 3g