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Preliminary Views and Proposals


NTIA Preparation for the World Radiocommunication Conferences

NTIA is responsible for coordinating the federal government's participation in the International Telecommunication Union's (ITU) World Radiocommunication Conferences (WRC) and related national and international meetings. NTIA receives recommendations for U.S. preliminary views and proposals for these World Radiocommunications Conferences from the Radio Conference Subcommittee (RCS), a subcommittee of the Interdepartmental Radio Advisory Committee (IRAC). This subcommittee is tasked with preparing for WRCs, including the development of recommended United States proposals for the conferences and preparatory meetings.

The World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC) is an international forum for world agreement on the use of the radio-frequency spectrum and the geostationary-satellite and non-geostationary-satellite orbits. The WRCs were previously held every two to three years and now extend to four years. The WRC reviews and revises the Radio Regulations and operates by consensus, with occasional voting. In recent years, the WRC puts a greater emphasis on consolidated regional positions and proposals -- and sets the world stage for future technological development.

Contact Information

You may address questions about WRC activities to any of the persons listed below.

Dr. Darlene Drazenovich
Chairman of the RCS
Department of Commerce, NTIA
Herbert C. Hoover Building, Room 4076
14th & Constitution Avenue, N.W.
Washington DC 20230

Phone: 202-482-3480
Fax: 202-501-8189
Email: ddrazenovich@ntia.doc.gov


Mr. Robin H. Haines
Vice-Chairman of the RCS
Department of Commerce, NTIA
Herbert C. Hoover Building, Room 4076
14th & Constitution Avenue, N.W.
Washington DC 20230

Phone: 202-482-4096
Fax: 202-501-8189
Email: rhaines@ntia.doc.gov


Mr. Antonio Richardson
Secretary of the RCS
Department of Commerce, NTIA
Herbert C. Hoover Building, Room 1087
1401 Constitution Avenue, N.W.
Washington DC 20230
Phone: 202-482-4156
Fax: 202-482-3790
Email: arichardson@ntia.doc.gov

RCS Meeting Dates (All meetings are held in the IRAC Meeting Room at the Department of Commerce)

April 07, 2011 April 21, 2011 May 05, 2011 June 02, 2011
July 07, 2011 August 04, 2011 September 01, 2011 October 06, 2011
November 03, 2011 December 01, 2011    


NTIA and U.S. Preliminary View and Proposal Development

After the RCS makes recommendations to NTIA, NTIA will review and revise these recommendations and determine which proposals will be put forward by the executive branch to be considered in the national preparation process. NTIA will work with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), who represents the civil spectrum community, and the State Department, to create the United States Preliminary Views and United States Proposals for the WRCs.

International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

Related International Organizations


Link to NTIA Manual of Frequency Management

Link to US Frequency Allocation Chart

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