For Immediate Release:
February 1, 1999
Contact: Sallianne Fortunato


FY 2000 Budget Request

National Telecommunications and Information Administration

U.S. Department of Commerce

NTIA is the Executive Branch agency principally responsible for domestic and international telecommunications and information technology issues. NTIA works to spur innovation, encourage competition, help create jobs and provide consumers with more choices and better quality telecommunications products and services.

FY 2000 Budget Request

(dollars in thousands)

Appropriation  FY 2000  FY 1999
Information Infrastructure Grants  $20,102  $18,000
Public Telecommunications Facilities,
Planning and Construction
 $35,055  $21,000
Salaries and Expenses  $17,212  $10,940
Total  $72,369  $49,940


Information Infrastructure Grants:
+$2 million for competitive, merit-based grants that demonstrate Next Generation Internet capabilities in the public and non-profit sectors.

Public Telecommunications Facilities, Planning and Construction:
+$14 million for competitive grants to assist public broadcasting stations with the conversion from analog to digital broadcasting as mandated by the Federal Communications Commission.

Salaries and Expenses:
+$4.303 million to implement Presidential Decision Directive 63 on Critical Infrastructure Protection, an interagency program to address the Nation's need for protection of its critical infrastructures. ($2.5 million will support NTIA's Lead Agency responsibilities for the Information and Communications Sector; $1 million will support the Information Sharing Analysis Center (ISAC) called for by PDD-63 to distribute information from the private sector to other industry companies and Government entities; and $803 thousand to enhance the R&D goals defined by PDD-63.)

+$500 thousand to support NTIA's efforts with developing countries to implement pro-competitive regulatory principles adopted by the World Trade Organization in 1997.

+$1.2 million for research facility upgrades, including upgrade to RSMS (measurement) van

+$200 thousand to develop specifications for improving the use of spectrum through increased sharing and efficiency (Note: $800 thousand will be obtained from other Federal agencies as part of the spectrum reimbursement process directed by Congress)

Spectrum Management Reimbursements

80% of NTIA's Office of Spectrum Management funding is reimbursed by other Federal agencies. Reimbursements will be $12.9 million and $14.4 million in FY 1999 and FY 2000 respectively.

For additional information, please call Sallianne Fortunato, NTIA Public Affairs, at 202-482-7002, or visit NTIA's home page at NTIA serves as the principal adviser to the Executive Branch on domestic and international telecommunications and information issues.