NTIA Press Releases
For Immediate Release
Friday, October 27, 2000
Contact: Ranjit de Silva
(202) 482-7002
Art Brodsky
(202) 482-0019
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NTIA to hold public meeting on third generation wireless systems deployment

WASHINGTON- The Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) will host a public meeting on Nov. 2, 2000 to discuss a plan announced by Commerce Secretary Noman Y. Mineta to select spectrum for third generation wireless systems. The meeting will be the first in a series to discuss deployment of third generation wireless systems in the United States. 

The plan was developed in response to a directive from President Clinton. The directive asked the Secretary to, among other things, develop a plan by Oct. 20, 2000, in cooperation with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Defense Department, and other federal agencies, setting forth the necessary steps that will result in the licensing of third generation wireless systems by Sept. 30, 2002. The President also directed the Secretary to work with the FCC to lead a government/industry effort, through a series of regular public meetings and workshops, to develop plans for identifying radio spectrum for third generation wireless systems consistent with basic principles adopted at the World Radio Conference 2000. 

WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 2, 2000 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

WHERE: Room 4830
U.S. Department of Commerce 
14th & Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20230

Note: The meeting will be open to the public. For updates on this meeting or future meetings please visit NTIA's web site at www.ntia.doc.gov