NTIA Preparation for the World
NTIA and the FCC are responsible for drafting the United
States Proposals and other conference related documents
in preparation for the WRCs. NTIA coordinates this effort
for the Federal government, while the FCC coordinates
this effort for the private sector.
There are two primary documents created in preparation
for each conference, preliminary views and proposals.
The preliminary views contain the United
States' initial views
in reference to the various agenda items contained in
the agenda for the WRCs. These views are useful tools
for disseminating our ideas and for collecting feedback
from other administrations prior to the conference. The
proposals are the formal documents that address the WRC
agenda items. Once agreed, the U.S.
will submit its proposals to the ITU. The U.S.
also works closely within CITEL to try to develop common
The process of creating the preliminary views and the
proposals is similar.
NTIA documents are drafted by the RCS, which is
a subcommittee of the IRAC. After the RCS has approved
a document, it is forwarded to IRAC for consideration.
Documents approved by the IRAC are sent to NTIA for final
consideration. NTIA forwards the approved documents to
the FCC for review by its WRC Advisory Committee. Please
note that although private and industry representatives
are not allowed to attend RCS meetings, the FCC participates
in the RCS in a liaison capacity. Furthermore NTIA solicits
advice from all participants including the private sector.
The FCC's International Bureau established the WRC Advisory
Committee to head its preparations for the WRCs. The Advisory
Committee's Informal Working Groups (IWG), will draft
the initial preliminary views and proposals. Once the
full Advisory Committee has approved these documents,
they are forwarded to the FCC for final consideration.
They are then forwarded to NTIA for consideration by the
Once these documents have been fully coordinated between
the FCC, State Dept. and NTIA, they will then become the
U.S. Preliminary Views or the U.S. Proposals.
The Preliminary view documents will be used during
national and international meetings prior to the WRC.
The preliminary view documents will also serve
the foundation for our U.S. Proposals for the WRC.
Once the FCC and NTIA come to final agreement on
the U.S. Proposals for the WRC, this package is forwarded
to the State Department.
The State Department will transmit the proposals
to the ITU about six months prior to the conference.