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MTDP Resource Center
MTDP Minority Ownership Statistics Reports
   - 2000 Changes, Challenges, and Charting New Courses: Minority Commercial Broadcast Ownership in the United States(PDF format)
   - 1998 Minority Commercial Broadcast Ownership in the United States
   - 1997 Minority Commercial Broadcast Ownership in the United States
   - 1994 Analysis and Compilation of Minority-Owned Commercial Broadcast Stations

NTIA's Minority Ownership Roundtable, July 18, 2000.




Spectrum and Wireless Policy

The President's Spectrum Policy Initiative

Spectrum Management Reform: President Bush signed an executive memorandum on May 29, 2003 to begin an Administration initiative to reform radio spectrum policies. The goal is to better manage the Nation's airwaves, enhance homeland and economic security; increase benefits to consumers and ensure U.S. leadership in high-tech innovations. The President's memorandum established the Federal Government Spectrum Task Force, composed of representatives from a number of federal departments and agencies. In June 2004, following a series of public events and a public inquiry, NTIA issued two reports with recommendations to improve spectrum management. The Task Force released Report 1, and Report 2 included recommendations from state and local governments and private sector responders. On November 30, 2004, the President requested in an executive memorandum that the Department of Commerce submit a plan to implement the reports recommendations.


Market Incentives to Increase Efficiency

Spectrum is a limited natural resource for which there are many competing users and uses. Soaring demand for spectrum caused by new technologies and growth in wireless services has led to increasing competition for frequencies, sometimes between commercial providers and government agencies providing crucial public services. Market-based spectrum management employs the same tools used to allocate other resources by unleashing the value of the spectrum through a less centralized management process that creates economic incentives to encourage efficient use.

The Federal Communications Commission has adopted many market-based incentives, including auctions and greater flexibility to licensees, for non-government users.  

Report 1 and Report 2 of the President's Spectrum Policy Initiative each recommended that NTIA:

  • Improve federal agencies’ processes and procedures to better consider the economic value of spectrum when investing in spectrum-dependent systems
  • Identify and create incentives for efficiency, and specifically:

    • Develop and implement, with the agencies, a plan to use incentives to encourage efficient and effective spectrum use, including methods or models to determine spectrum value

    • Encourage Congress to enact incentive authorities

    • Use that authority to develop increased spectrum incentives, and

    • Examine, with the FCC, modifying spectrum rights to encourage efficiency

Project G of the NTIA’s Implementation Plan for the recommendations of the President’s initiative identified the following tasks, which have been assigned to OPAD:

Task G.3 – Develop a Plan to Identify and Implement Incentives for Improving Efficiency in Federal Agencies’ Spectrum Use

Task G.4 – Promote the Implementation of a Wide Range of Incentives to Improve the Efficiencies of Both Government and Private Sector Spectrum Use

NTIA identified a number of projects to identify and implement incentives in its: Plan to Identify and Implement Incentives that Promote More Efficient and Effective Use of Spectrum [ PDF ]


Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee (CSMAC)  The CSMAC provides NTIA expertise and advice on how to enable new technologies and services, including reforms that expedite the American public’s access to broadband services, public safety, digital television, and long-range spectrum planning. Its charter states that it will act as a liaison between the stakeholders represented by the membership and the federal government, and it also may provide a forum for discussing current and emerging issues in spectrum management, spectrum policy, reform and technology.  For more information, please visit the CSMAC Web Page.


Events and Conferences

  • Improving Spectrum Management through Economic or Other Incentives: NTIA sponsored a workshop on Improving Spectrum Management through Economic or Other Incentives on February 28 - March 1, 2006 at the National Academy of Sciences. The workshop elicited views and proposals regarding the use of economic or other incentives to increase spectrum management efficiency. Session topics included spectrum valuation, rights and secondary markets, sharing and fees
    Agenda [ -- HTML -- Acrobat PDF -- ]

  • Public Events: As part of the spectrum initiative, NTIA organized a series of public events in Washington D.C. and Santa Clara, California.

  • Wireless Innovations Showcase and Conference: In May 2003, NTIA, in cooperation with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the U.S. Department of State's Office of International Communications and Information Policy (CIP), hosted a two-day Wireless Innovations Conference. The first day was a technology showcase organized by the FCC, attended by Commerce Secretary Don Evans, Ambassador Janice Obuchowski, FCC Chairman Michael Powell, and Assistant Secretary Nancy Victory among others. This showcase included live demonstrations of cutting edge wireless technologies and applications for policy makers and members of the public. The second day featured panel discussions among key policy makers, entrepreneurs, industry representatives, and experts from government and academia. Discussions centered on such topics as the current market for Wi-Fi and other unlicensed services, security and privacy issues, spectrum and related issues, and international issues.

  • NTIA Spectrum Summit: In April 2002, NTIA held a two-day Spectrum Summit in order to identify the best solutions to challenges posed by management of the nation's airwaves. In a number of open discussions, panelists and attendees addressed issues including spectrum allocation and efficiency, the spectrum requirements of new technologies, and regulatory processes. This summit represented a key step through which NTIA, the Federal Communications Commission and federal agencies began working together to make spectrum management processes more effective.

Speeches




Wireless Communications and Radio Spectrum Policy
Presidential Spectrum Reform Initiative


Events and Conferences
  • Improving Spectrum Management through Economic or Other Incentives: NTIA sponsored a workshop on Improving Spectrum Management through Economic or Other Incentives on February 28 - March 1, 2006 at the National Academy of Sciences. The workshop elicited views and proposals regarding the use of economic or other incentives to increase spectrum management efficiency. Session topics included spectrum valuation, righst and secondary markets, sharing and fees.
    Draft agenda [ -- HTML -- Acrobat PDF -- ]

  • Public Events: As part of the spectrum initiative, NTIA organized a series of public events in Washington D.C. and Santa Clara, California.

  • Wireless Innovations Showcase and Conference: In May 2003, NTIA, in cooperation with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the U.S. Department of State's Office of International Communications and Information Policy (CIP), hosted a two-day Wireless Innovations Conference. The first day was a technology showcase organized by the FCC, attended by Commerce Secretary Don Evans, Ambassador Janice Obuchowski, FCC Chairman Michael Powell, and Assistant Secretary Nancy Victory among others. This showcase included live demonstrations of cutting edge wireless technologies and applications for policy makers and members of the public. The second day featured panel discussions among key policy makers, entrepreneurs, industry representatives, and experts from government and academia. Discussions centered on such topics as the current market for Wi-Fi and other unlicensed services, security and privacy issues, spectrum and related issues, and international issues.

  • NTIA Spectrum Summit: In April 2002, NTIA held a two-day Spectrum Summit in order to identify the best solutions to challenges posed by management of the nation's airwaves. In a number of open discussions, panelists and attendees addressed issues including spectrum allocation and efficiency, the spectrum requirements of new technologies, and regulatory processes. This summit represented a key step through which NTIA, the Federal Communications Commission and federal agencies began working together to make spectrum management processes more effective.


Speeches



Universal Service
NTIA Reports related to Universal Service

The NTIA has periodically undertaken reports on the issue of universal service.


Cable, Broadcasting & DTV
Minority Telecommunications Development Program

The Minority Telecommunications Development Program (MTDP) was established in 1978 to develop programs and policies to increase minority ownership of broadcast and telecommunications businesses.

MTDP provides policy input for the development of legislation and regulations that affect minority business participation in the telecommunications industry.

MTDP periodically researches and drafts reports tracking minority ownership in broadcasting. NTIA released the last report in December 2000, which was titled Changes, Challenges, and Charting New Courses: Minority Commercial Broadcast Ownership in the United States.

MTDP examines trends and business opportunities in telecommunications for minority entrepreneurs.

MTDP Resource Center



Digital Television Service

The Telecommunications Act of 1996
authorized the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to license part of the public's electromagnetic spectrum to thousands analog television licensees for the transition to digital television services.



NTIA Filings on Mass Media

  • Broadcast Ownership Rules: Ex Parte Letter to the FCC from Secretary Donald L. Evans in MM Docket No.02-277, "Review of the Commission's Broadcast Ownership Rules and Other Rules Adopted Pursuant to Section 202 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996."



Telephone Electronic Number Mapping (ENUM)
NTIA Activities on ENUM: Other Resources on ENUM:


Universal Service

Telecommunications Statistics

Broadband

Privacy

Domain Names: Management of Internet Names and Addresses


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