The National Telecommunications & Information Administration recently released the Fourth Interim Progress Report on the Obama Administration’s initiative to identify and make available 500 megahertz of federal and non-federal spectrum for commercial wireless broadband use by 2020. The report outlines the progress made, in collaboration with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and other federal agencies, from October 1, 2012 through September 30, 2013. Between October 2010 and September 2013, NTIA formally recommended or otherwise identified for potential reallocation up to 405 megahertz in the following bands:
- 15 megahertz from the 1695-1710 MHz band
- 100 megahertz from the 3550-3650 MHz band
- 95 megahertz from the 1755-1850 MHz band; and
- 195 megahertz from the 5350-5470 MHz and 5850-5925 MHz bands
The report also includes a plan for federal agencies to conduct quantitative assessments of their actual spectrum usage in 960 megahertz of additional spectrum, as directed in President Obama’s June 2013 Memorandum.