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Public Comments: NTIA Submits Comments to ICANN’s public consultation on new generic top level domains (gTLDs): NTIA, on behalf of the United States government, submitted comment on a series of interrelated documents, including a draft applicant guidebook, related to Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN’s) efforts to introduce new generic top level domains (gTLDs). (Acrobat PDF 738 Kb)
Posted 12-18-2008

Federal Register Notice: Spectrum Sharing Innovation Test-Bed Pilot Program: NTIA seeks comments regarding conducting Phase I of the Spectrum Sharing Innovation Test-Bed pilot program to assess whether devices employing Dynamic Spectrum Access techniques can share the frequency spectrum with land mobile radio systems.Comments are due on or before December 30, 2008. (Acrobat PDF 51 Kb)
Posted 12-15-2008

Federal Register Notice: Low-Power Television and Translator Digital Upgrade Program Application Form: NTIA invites the general public and other Federal agencies to comment on Proposed Information Collection regarding the Low-Power Television and Translator Digital Upgrade Program Application Form, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. Written comments must be submitted on or before February 13, 2009. (Acrobat PDF 51 Kb)
Posted 12-15-2008

FCC Public Comments: Service Rules for Advanced Wireless Services in the 2155-2175 MHz Band: Secretary of Commerce Carlos M. Guiterrez expresses the Bush Administration's views on Federal Communications Commission (FCC) WT Docket No. 07-195 ("In the Matter of Service Rules for Advanced Wireless Services in the 2155-2175 MHz Band"), regarding the use of the 2155-2175 MHz band for advanced wireless services (AWS-3).
Background: Secretary of Commerce Carlos M. Gutierrez speech: National Cable & Telecommunications Association 2008 Cable Show, New Orleans, Louisiana, May 19, 2008
Posted 12-11-2008

FCC Public Comments: FCC Proceeding on Nationwide Broadband Interoperable Public Safety Network: NTIA filed comments in the FCC proceeding on Implementing a Nationwide, Broadband, Interoperable Public Safety Network in the 700 MHz Band, Third Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. (Adobe PDF 1,167 Kb)
Posted 11-25-2008

Federal Register Notice: Nominations to Serve on Online Safety and Technology Working Group: NTIA is seeking nominations of individuals to represent the business community, public interest groups, and other appropriate groups interested in serving on the NTIA Online Safety and Technology Working Group for a single fifteen (15) month term to commence in January 2009. Nominations must be postmarked or electronically transmitted on or before December 12, 2008. (Acrobat PDF 15 Kb)
Posted 11-20-2008

Report: Plan to Identify and Implement Incentives that Promote More Efficient and Effective Use of Spectrum: Pursuant to the President’s directive, NTIA has developed this plan to expand on existing policies that (1) identify and implement incentives that are appropriate to Federal Government users; and (2) address incentives more broadly and develop possible legislative recommendations to increase the FCC’s incentive authority. (Acrobat PDF 168 Kb)
Posted 11-19-2008

Federal Register Notice: Re-opened Request for Applications for Spectrum Management Advisory Committee: NTIA is re-opening its request for applications from persons interested in serving on the Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee (CSMAC) for new two year terms to commence in December 2008. The evaluation criteria for selecting members contained in the August 1, 2008 notice shall continue to apply.
Note: Due to an administrative error, the application due date published in the Notice was incorrect. Applications must be postmarked or electronically transmitted on or before September 26, 2008. NTIA will publish a technical correction of this date in the Federal Register. (Acrobat PDF 55 Kb)
Posted 09-11-2008

Federal Register Notice: Spectrum Management Advisory Committee Meeting: A Spectrum Management Advisory Committee (Committee) will be held on Friday, September 19, 2008, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., EDT, at the United States Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Ave. N.W., Washington, DC. The Committee provides advice to the Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information on spectrum management matters. (Acrobat PDF 60 Kb)
Posted 09-04-2008

Federal Register Notice: Changes in the Low-Power Television and Translator Digital-to-Analog Conversion Program: On October 29, 2007, the NTIA published a notice in the Federal Register announcing the establishment of the Low-Power Television and Translator Digital-to-Analog Conversion Program and announcing $8 million in funds available for grants. Pursuant to the requirements of the DTV Transition Assistance Act, NTIA has determined that the full funding amount is not necessary for the Conversion Program and announces the funds available for these grants to be $3.5 million. NTIA also announces certain changes in the application submission deadlines. (Acrobat PDF 53 Kb)
Posted 08-28-2008

Public Comments: NTIA Submits Comments on Draft Proposed Changes to ICANN's Registrar Accreditation Agreement: NTIA, on behalf of the Department of Commerce, submitted its views Draft Proposed Changes to ICANN's Registrar Accreditation Agreement. (Printable version, Acrobat PDF 1,362 Kb)
Posted 08-01-2008

Federal Register Notice: Call for Applications, Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee: NTIA is seeking applications from persons interested in serving on the Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee (CSMAC) for new two year terms to commence in December 2008. The CSMAC provides advice to the Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and NTIA Administrator on spectrum management matters. (Acrobat PDF 57 Kb)
Posted 08-01-2008

Public Comments: NTIA Submits Comments on Improving Institutional Confidence in ICANN: NTIA, on behalf of the Department of Commerce, submitted its views on a series of interrelated documents prepared by ICANN's President’s Strategy Committee (PSC) regarding improving institutional confidence in ICANN. (Printable version, Acrobat PDF 1,343 Kb)
Posted 07-30-2008

FCC Filing: NTIA Asks for Rule Change To Improve Airport Runway Safety: NTIA today filed a petition asking the FCC to modify its rules to allow airport service vehicles to be equipped with transmitters that would permit air traffic control to identify and control these vehicles, thereby reducing the risk of aircraft colliding with vehicles on the airport surface. (Acrobat PDF 125 Kb)
Posted 07-29-2008

Federal Register Notice of Proposed Rule Making: Changes to TV Converter Box Coupon Program Regarding Households: NTIA proposes certain changes affecting its Digital-To-Analog Converter Box Coupon Program rules such as waiving the "eligible household" application requirements for individuals residing in nursing homes or other senior care facilities. Comments must be submitted by 5 p.m. EST, no later than June 9, 2008. (Acrobat PDF 73Kb)
Posted 04-24-2008

Report: 1710-1755 MHZ Spectrum Band Relocation: NTIA has released the First Annual Progress Report on the Relocation of Federal users from the 1710-1755 MHZ Spectrum Band, which details progress from the commencement of relocation activity in March 2007 through December 2007. This is the first federal spectrum band selected for relocation pursuant to the Commercial Spectrum Enhancement Act. (Acrobat PDF 123 Kb)
Posted: 04-17-2008

Press Release: NTIA Releases Federal Strategic Plan as Part of the President's Initiative on Spectrum Management Reform: NTIA today released a comprehensive report on the use of the nation’s airwaves used by the U.S. federal government, based on submissions of spectrum plans from 15 Federal agencies.  The report titled, The Federal Strategic Spectrum Plan is a key component of President Bush's 21st Century Spectrum Policy Initiative for improving the management of spectrum by federal agencies.
Press Release
Federal Strategic Spectrum Plan (Acrobat PDF 851 Kb)
Spectrum Management Policy Reform Issues
Posted March 20, 2008

Networked Nation: Broadband in America, 2007: Report highlights the dramatic growth of broadband in the United States.  The report shows that the Administration’s technology, regulatory and fiscal policies have stimulated innovation and competition, and encouraged investment in the U.S. broadband market contributing to significantly increased accessibility of broadband services.
Press Release
Networked Nation: Broadband in America 2007
Networked Nation: Summary (Acrobat PDF 202 Kb)
Posted 01-31-2008

Notice of Public Meeting: Mid-term Review of the Joint Project Agreement between NTIA and ICANN: NTIA will hold a public meeting on February 28, 2008, to discuss the mid-term review of the Joint Project Agreement (JPA) between the Department and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). The meeting will be held on February 28, 2008, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time. Registration will start at 8:30 a.m.
Federal Register Notice (Printable version - Acrobat PDF 47 Kb)
Posted 01-24-2008

Notice of Open Meeting: Spectrum Management Advisory Committee: NTIA has published a notice announcing a public meeting of the Spectrum Management Advisory Committee (Committee). The meeting will be held at the U.S. Department of Commerce, Institute for Telecommunication Sciences in Boulder, Colorado, on February 8, 2008, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mountain Standard Time. (Printable version - Acrobat PDF 29 Kb)
Posted 12-28-2007

Notice of Public Meeting: TV Converter Box Coupon Program: NTIA will hold a public meeting in connection with its TV Converter Box Coupon Program at the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, DC, on January 24, 2008, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time. (Printable version - Acrobat PDF 15 Kb)
Posted 12-28-2007

Public Notice: Digital-to-Analog Converter Box program System of Records: NTIA has published a notice to announce the effective date of a Privacy Act System of Records entitled COMMERCE/NTIA-1, Applications Related to Coupons for Digital-to-Analog Converter Boxes. This new system of records is necessary to identify those households that qualify for and receive coupons towards the purchase of a digital-to-analog converter box. (Printable version - Acrobat PDF 14 Kb)
Posted 12-28-2007

Federal Register: New System of Records for DTV Transition Converter Box Coupon Program: The Federal Register notice announces the Department of Commerce's (Department) proposal for a new system of records under the Privacy Act. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is creating a new system of records for applications related to coupons for the Digital-to-Analog Converter Box program.
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Posted 11-26-2007

Notice of Open Meeting: Spectrum Management Advisory Committee: NTIA issues announcement of a public meeting of the Spectrum Management Advisory Committee which provides advice to the Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information on spectrum management matters. The meeting will be held on December 6, 2007, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
Federal Notice
Federal Notice (Printable Acrobat PDF 33 Kb)
Posted 11-19-2007

NTIA and FCC Issue Public Notice on Emergency and Public Health Communications Advisory Committee Meeting: The NTIA and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a Public Notice that the Joint Advisory Committee on Communications Capabilities of Emergency Medical and Public Health Care Facilities (“Joint Committee”) will hold its second meeting on Wednesday, November 28, 2007, starting at 10:00 a.m. in the Commission Meeting Room (TW-C305), Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20554.
Posted 11-15-2007

Federal Register: Commerce’s NTIA Seeks Public Comments Regarding Joint Project Agreement with ICANN: NTIA will consult with interested stakeholders regarding the mid-term review of the Joint Project Agreement (JPA) between the Department and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). The Notice of Inquiry (NOI) requesting comments was published in the Federal Register on November 2, 2007 with comments due February 15, 2008. [ HTML Version - Acrobat PDF Version (22 Kb) ]
Comments Received
Posted 11-01-2007

Spectrum Management for the 21st Century, The President's Spectrum Policy Initiative: Second Annual Report . This report recounts the accomplishments of the Federal agencies in carrying out the President’s Spectrum Policy Initiative during the second year of its implementation. During this time period, the 15 Federal agencies that are major spectrum users accelerated their efforts to improve spectrum management.
Published: October 2007

Broadband Over Power Line (BPL) Report, Phase 2: The analyses in the Phase 2 BPL Report expands on the scope of NTIA's Phase 1 analyses and applies the FCC Part 15 rules and measurement guidelines for Access BPL systems. The results of these analyses confirm that the Commission's Access BPL rules, measurement guidelines, and special protection provisions will limit the interference risks for federal radiocommunication systems.
Posted 10-05-2007

Federal Register Notice: Request for Nominations and Expressions of Interest, Joint Advisory Committee: NTIA and the FCC are establishing the Joint Advisory Committee on Communications Capabilities of Emergency Medical and Public Health Care Facilities.
Posted 09-05-2007

Federal Register Notice: Amendment to Notice of Availability of Funds for Public Safety Interoperable Communications Grant Program: On July 23, 2007, NTIA published a Notice of Availability of Funds in the Federal Register, 72 Fed. Reg. 40120, for the Public Safety Interoperable Communications (PSIC) Grant Program. On August 3, 2007, the President signed into law the Improving Emergency Communications Act of 2007, Pub. L. No. 110-53, which amended Section 3006 of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 that authorized the PSIC Grant Program. This Notice provides amendments to PSIC Grant Program Notice of Availability of Funds.
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- Federal Register Notice: Amendment to Notice of Availability of Funds
- MODIFIED Federal Funding Opportunity Announcement (Acrobat PDF 112 Kb)
Posted 08-16-2007

Federal Register Notice: NTIA to Hold Second Public Meeting on DTV Coupon Program: On Tuesday, September 25 at 9 a.m., NTIA will hold a Public Meeting, Expo and Networking Event in the Commerce Department auditorium and lobby. [ -- HTML -- Acrobat PDF (15 Kb) -- ]
Posted 07-19-2007

Secretaries Gutierrez and Chertoff to Annouce Nearly $1 Billion in Grants for First Responder Communications: On Wednesday, July 18, 2007, U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez and U.S. Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Michael Chertoff will announce the $968 million Public Safety Interoperable Communications (PSIC) Grants to help state and local first responders improve public safety communications during a natural or man-made disaster for All 50 States, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Territories.
Federal Funding Opportunity Announcement (Acrobat PDF 112 Kb)
Federal Register Notice of Availability of Funds published on July 23, 2007 (Acrobat PDF 69 Kb)
Public Safety Interoperable Communications Grant Program
Posted 07-23-2007

Business Opportunities: Administration of Country Code Top-Level Internet Domain for the US (usTLD): The Department of Commerce seeks to acquire centralized management and coordination of registry, registrar (where specified), database, and information services for the Internet ".us" Top Level Domain name (usTLD).
Federal Business Opportunities: usTLD (FedBizOpps)
Federal Business Opportunities: usTLD (NTIA)
  - Synopsis - Posted on May 30, 2007
  - Amendment 01 - Posted on Jun 07, 2007
  - Solicitation 01 - Posted on Jul 03, 2007
  - Request for Quote (RFQ) (Acrobat PDF 219 Kb)
Posted 07-05-2007

Press Release: Commerce Department Report Encourages Commercial Technologies for First Responders: The U.S. Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) in a report released today encourages the federal, state and local public safety community to consider utilizing commercial technologies in satisfying broadband interoperable communications among first responders. 
Press Release [ -- HTML -- MS Word -- Acrobat PDF (23 Kb) -- ]
Spectrum Policy For The 21st Century – The President’s Spectrum Policy Initiative: A Public Safety Sharing Demonstration (DC Wireless Accelerated Responder Network) [ -- HTML -- MS Word -- Acrobat PDF (2.5 Mb) -- ]
Posted 06-08-2007

Federal Register Notice: Assistance to DTV Converter Box Manufacturers: This notice provides guidance for manufacturers that intend to submit digital-to-analog converter boxes to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) for certification as part of the Digital-to-Analog Converter Box Coupon Program.  This notice also provides address and contact information regarding the required submission of test results and sample equipment.
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Additional NTIA responses to Frequently Asked Questions from Manufacturers.
Posted 05/25/2007

NTIA to Hold Public Safety Interoperable Communications Grant Program Public Meeting, June 4, 2007
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Federal Register Notice [ -- HTML -- Acrobat PDF (16 Kb) -- ]
Posted: 05-17-2007

Federal Register Notice: Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee Meeting: This notice announces a public meeting of the Spectrum Management Advisory Committee. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 30, 2007, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Washington, DC.
Please note: The meeting will be held at the U.S. Department of Commerce, Herbert C. Hoover Building in room HCHB 4830. Please enter at the main entrance on 14th Street.
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Posted: 05-15-2007

Notice: NTIA Issues RFP: NTIA has issued a Request for Proposals to provide services in support of the Digital-to-Analog Converter Box Coupon Program authorized by section 3005 of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005.
Federal Business Opportunities information (NTIA version)
Posted 03-14-2007

NTIA Releases Final Rule on Digital Television Converter Box Coupon Program: The converter box coupon program will assist Americans in receiving over-the-air broadcast television programming when full-power television stations cease analog broadcasting after February 17, 2009. 
Press Release [ -- HTML -- MS Word -- Acrobat PDF -- ]
Final Rule on Digital Television Converter Box Coupon Program
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Notice: NTIA to Hold Public Meeting on DTV Coupon Program: On Monday, March 19 at 10 a.m., NTIA will hold a Public Meeting in the Commerce Department auditorium to take questions from the public on the Final Rule.
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Posted 03-12-2007

Fact Sheet: Frequently Asked Questions About .us TLD Locality Domains and Delegated Managers
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Posted 02-23-2007

Letter to FCC Chairman: Classification of Wireless Broadband Internet Access: Letter from Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information John M.R. Kneuer to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Kevin J. Martin regarding the classification of wireless broadband Internet Access
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Dated 02-23-2007

Commerce, DHS Memorandum of Understanding for Public Safety Interoperable Communications Grants (3.5Mb Acrobat PDF format)
Posted 02-22-2007

Fact Sheet: Memorandum of Understanding to implement the Public Safety Interoperable Communications Grant Program
Posted 02-22-2007

Report to Congress by the Office of Management and Budget on Agency Plans for Spectrum Relocation Funds pursuant to the Commercial Spectrum Enhancement Act (187K Acrobat PDF format)
Posted 02-21-2007

NTIA files comments related to Global Maritime Distress and Safety Systems and general maritime communications (Acrobat PDF 136Kb)
Posted 01-29-2007

Digital-to-Analog Converter Box Coupon Program Presolicitation Notice: The Department of Commerce/National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) intends to issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) to provide services in support of the Digital-to-Analog Converter Box Coupon Program authorized by section 3005 of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005.
- Federal Business Opportunities: Presoliciation Notice (synopsis) (NTIA version)
Updated 01-05-2007



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