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NTIA receives spectrum management and policy advice from Federal government experts through the Interdepartment Radio Advisory Committee (IRAC). The IRAC's basic function is to assist the Assistant Secretary in assigning frequencies to U.S. Government radio stations and in developing and executing policies, programs, procedures, and technical criteria pertaining to the allocation, management, and use of spectrum. The IRAC consists of a main committee, six subcommittees, and several ad hoc working groups that consider various aspects of spectrum management policy such as emergency preparedness or the allocation of frequency assignments.



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Relocation of Federal Radio Systems from the 1710-1755 MHz Spectrum Band -- First Annual Progress Report

April 17, 2008

This report is submitted pursuant to Section 207 of the Commercial Spectrum Enhancement Act (CSEA, Title II of P.L. 108-494), which requires annual reporting on Federal agencies’ progress in vacating their affected wireless communications systems, which are being relocated from certain radio spectrum that has been reallocated to commercial use. This is the first such annual report, and it details progress from the commencement of relocation activity in March 2007 through December 2007.

Petition for Rulemaking to Amend 47 C.F.R. Part 87, Aeronautical Utility Mobile Stations

July 28, 2008

Petition for rulemaking to amend 47 C.F.R. Part 87, to allow Aeronautical Utility Mobile Stations to use the 1090 MHz frequency for runway vehicle identification and collision avoidance. NTIA asked 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.

Plan to Identify and Implement Incentives that Promote More Efficient and Effective Use of Spectrum

November 19, 2008

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.

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