Federal executive departments and agencies will review their spectrum usage and report to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), on their anticipated future bandwidth requirements, according to a memo signed by President Donald J. Trump.
While the government will need continued access to spectrum in the future, the memo called on agencies to continue expanding the opportunities for sharing spectrum with the private sector.
According to the memo, “Developing a Sustainable Spectrum Strategy for America’s Future, ”The U.S. Government will also continue to encourage investment and adoption by federal agencies of commercial, dual-use, or other advanced technologies that meet mission requirements, including 5G technologies”
Within 180 days of the memo, and then annually, the NTIA, and in coordination with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the FCC, will submit a report on the status of existing efforts and planned spectrum repurposing initiatives.
The reason for the spectrum strategy is its relationship to the technologies that are needed for the economy and for security.
“Wireless communications and associated data applications establish a foundation for high‑wage jobs and national prosperity,” the memo said. “While American industry continues to extract greater and greater value from spectrum, each technological leap also increases demands on its usage.”
In the future, spectrum will be needed for use cases such as autonomous vehicles and precision agriculture, commercial space operations, and the Internet of Things, as well as 5G, the document said.
“Moreover, it is imperative that America be first in 5G wireless technologies — wireless technologies capable of meeting the high-capacity, low-latency, and high-speed requirements that can unleash innovation broadly across diverse sectors of the economy and the public sector,” according to the memo.