The U.S. Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) today announced the appointment by Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker of outside experts to serve on the Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee (CSMAC), which provides advice and expertise on a wide range of spectrum policy and technical issues.
The 30 committee members, including 11 new experts, will serve two-year terms. The committee provides advice and recommendations to the Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information aimed at strengthening the U.S. global leadership role in wireless technology services and innovation while supporting the country’s homeland security, national defense, and other critical government missions.
“We are confident that this talented and diverse group will maintain CSMAC’s momentum in addressing important and complex spectrum policy issues,” said Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information and NTIA Administrator Lawrence E. Strickling. “NTIA looks forward to working with the new and returning committee members to maximize the effective use of our nation’s spectrum resources.”
In the upcoming term, NTIA expects CSMAC to continue working on, among other topics, enabling flexible federal access to non-federal spectrum on a shared basis and understanding challenges that are unique to 5G wireless systems.
The Secretary selected members of the committee based on their technical background and expertise, as well as a diversity and balance in points of view, consistent with the CSMAC Membership Balance Plan. As Special Government Employees (SGEs), members serve in a personal capacity and do not represent any organization or interest.
NTIA is the Executive Branch agency that advises the President on telecommunications and information policy issues. NTIA’s programs and policy making focus largely on expanding broadband Internet access and adoption in America, expanding the use of spectrum by all users, and ensuring that the Internet remains an engine for continued innovation and economic growth.