Items tagged "NTIA"

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Spectrum Inventory Bill Moving Through Congress

July 15, 2009 FCC , NTIA , Spectrum Reform

BroadbandCensus.com reports that The Senate Commerce Committee on Wednesday approved S. 649, the Radio Spectrum Inventory Act, which would give the NTIA and FCC 180 days to present Congress with a complete inventory of the radio frequencies that they manage from 300 Megahertz to 3.5 Gigahertz.

The key provision of the bill is a new Section 342 of the Communications Act that would read:

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Obama Tech Team Finally in Place: Lots to Do Right Away

June 26, 2009 Broadband , FCC , Network Neutrality , NTIA , Spectrum Reform

After months of waiting, the Senate confirmed two key members of the Obama communications and technology team: new FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) director Larry Strickling (his official title is Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information). And not a moment too soon.

Here is what is facing the new leaders right now: NTIA (along with the Rural Utilities Service) is expected to issue its "Notice of Funds Availability" imminently for the $7.2 billion in broadband stimulus money, and that "NOFA" will include the rules for applying for the grants, as well as the conditions (like non-discrimination) with which a grantee much comply.

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Confirmation Hearings For Strickling and Chopra — When Will the Rest Follow?

May 14, 2009 FCC , NTIA , Wireless

The Senate Commerce Committee has announced confirmation hearings for Larry Strickling as head of NTIA and Aneesh Chopra for CTO. Hopefully, swift confirmation by the full Senate will follow.

I really can't stress too much how important it is to get the Administration up to full strength. Which is why the delay in confirmation for Genachowski, Adelstein, and Clyburn are is unfortunate. Everyone understands the time pressure to start spending stimulus money. But that hardly covers the damage of having the major telecom and IT elements of the Administration stuck in a holding pattern. I'm sitting here at the Free Press Changing Media Summit where everyone is debating the urgency of resolving dozens of critical issues — from the issue du jour of saving newspapers to the insanely detailed problem of special access.

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100 Days of Obama Internet Policy

April 29, 2009 Broadband , Mapping , Non-Discrimination , NTIA

Once in a while, we must bow to tradition. One of those is the irrelevant, but inescapable, evaluation of the president after 100 days in office.

The Obama Internet and tech agenda came roaring out of the transition and Inauguration under a full head of steam. Now, more or less creeping along, bogged down and becalmed largely by circumstances beyond its control. It may be months before the Obama team regains its full-power tech policy mojo. It may be longer before they regain the tech chops that made the campaign such a juggernaut. And yet, there is reason to hope.

Throughout the presidential campaign, the Obama team had the most complete and progressive tech policy and tech-policy team ever assembled.

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