FCC and NTIA Announce the Spectrum Coordination Initiative

On February 15, 2022, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) and National Telecommunications and Information Administration (“NTIA”) issued a News Release that announced the Spectrum Coordination Initiative, which will seek to improve U.S. government coordination on spectrum management.  The agencies have initially committed to the following actions:

  • Hold formal, regular, and monthly meetings between Chairwoman Rosenworcel and Assistant Secretary Davidson;
  • Update the Memorandum of Understanding between the FCC and NTIA to address gaps in government coordination;
  • Collaborate to help develop a national spectrum strategy, increase transparency around spectrum use and needs, and establish long-term spectrum planning and coordination;
  • Develop processes for spectrum engineering compatibility analysis, including compiling principles, guidelines, accepted technical standards, interference protection criteria, and propagation models; and
  • Participate in cross-agency advisory groups to foster proactive technical exchange and engagement, including FCC participation as an observer in the Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee and NTIA participation as an observer in the FCC Technological Advisory Council and Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council.

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