NTIA Press Releases
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, April 10, 2001
Contact: Ranjit de Silva
(202) 482-7002

COMMERCE SEEKS PUBLIC COMMENTS ON SPECTRUM USE BY PUBLIC UTILITIES AND RAILROAD SERVICE PROVIDERS

The Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) today announced it is seeking public comments on the use of radio spectrum by the nation's energy, water and railroad services.

In a Federal Register notice to be published shortly, NTIA has requested information on the current and future spectrum requirements of the nation's public utilities and railroad services. NTIA will assess how present and emerging technology trends affect the use of the radio spectrum by these providers. Congress directed NTIA to conduct the study and report its findings on these issues.

Energy, water and railroad services are primary components of the nation's critical infrastructure. Wireless telecommunications are frequently used by utilities and railroads to provide essential two-way communications to monitor power transmission lines and water pumps and to send commands to various remote control switches.

NTIA is the President's principal adviser on telecommunications policy and manages the federal government use of radio spectrum.

Comments are due on or before 60 days after publication in the Federal Register.

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