Novel ideas from the US government on freeing up government spectrum

Posted on June 17, 2013  /  0 Comments

We have reiterated the need for spectrum refarming. But the most difficult part has been extracting inefficiently used spectrum from government agencies. Looks like the US government is focusing on this problem, not only focusing but applying novel thinking to it.

Perhaps the most interesting and highly charged recommendation in the president’s directive is one ordering recommendations for incentives that could be used to persuade government departments to share or give up spectrum.

A study released last year by a presidential advisory council on science and technology recommended that the government create a “synthetic” currency that could be used to entice federal agencies. The system would in effect increase an agency’s budget if it gave up or shared its airwaves.

Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel of the Federal Communications Commission, who has also been advocating such a system since joining the agency in May 2012, about the time the advisory council’s report was released, said federal spectrum policy should be built “on carrots, not sticks.”

“Our traditional three-step process for reallocating federal spectrum — clearing federal users, relocating them, and then auctioning the cleared spectrum for new use — is reaching its limits,” she said. The new initiatives, however, “are a significant step toward meeting the country’s spectrum needs.”

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