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The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) today released a pivotal report recognizing the near-impossibility of clearing more Federal spectrum for auction.
The NTIA report is here.
The following is attributed to Harold Feld, legal director of Public Knowledge:
"This is a watershed moment because the government recognizes that new approaches are needed to spectrum policy. We can no longer rely on squeezing more spectrum from Federal users to meet our ever-expanding needs for wireless services.
"The report's recommendation to rely on policies such as spectrum sharing and enhanced efficiency for Federal spectrum users and the accompanying technical innovations marks the first step toward a sustainable wireless future. We hope this approach will be used in the future as more Federal spectrum is identified as a resource to be shared with the public.
"The time has passed to consider spectrum solely as a source of revenue. Today's action places the emphasis where it should be -- on getting more spectrum to the public for greater use while meeting Federal needs, regardless of the budget consequences. Continuing down the path that considers spectrum auction as the main vehicle for spectrum policy will only add needless delay to freeing spectrum for the public."