For Immediate Release
Friday, July 14, 2000
Contact: Ranjit de Silva (202) 482-7002
Art Brodsky (202) 482-0019

Assistant Secretary Rohde response to the July 14 FCC order on ultra-wideband waiver

WASHINGTON-- Gregory L. Rohde, Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), released the following statement in response to the July 14 order of the Federal Communications Commission dealing with ultra-wideband waivers:

"NTIA, because of its role as manager of the Federal spectrum, shares jurisdiction with the FCC on issues of national spectrum management. NTIA coordinates closely with the FCC in matters dealing with spectrum over which the U.S. government has regulatory authority, and the FCC staff participates in NTIA's inter-agency coordination process through which the U.S. Government provides its position on FCC spectrum management decisions involving shared and exclusive Government spectrum.

In this case, FCC staff were fully aware of our comments and concerns at each stage of the coordination process. For the record, NTIA agreed with the Commission staff on the need for the waiver in question and on the dismissal of the reconsideration petition.

I am sorry to hear that the Commissioners were not informed that the coordination process had not been completed before they voted on the item, but that communications failure is a matter for internal discussion between the Commissioners and the FCC staff. Any suggestion that NTIA delayed the Commission's processes is unfounded. NTIA will continue to work with the FCC to make certain that NTIA and the Commission work efficiently together in processes that involve joint jurisdiction."