Public Law 106-553, The Departments of Commerce, Justice, and State, the Judiciary, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, requires the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to consult with other federal agencies and departments responsible for regulating the core operations of entities engaged in the provision of energy, water, and railroad services and to report to Congress no later than one year after the Act’s enactment on the current and future use of spectrum by these entities to protect and maintain the Nation’s critical infrastructure.
NTIA reviewed the information collected through comments, reports, and other sources of information. NTIA presents its findings in this report based upon such data. NTIA found that providers of energy, water and railroad services submitting comments for this report had concerns regarding their current and future spectrum requirements. In addition, federal agencies who regulate the core operations of these industries (or some aspect of those operations) generally concur with comments by the industry and its representative trade organizations.