As recapped by John Donovan on the low-powerdesign.com blog, on June 28, 2010 President Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum that directed the Secretary of Commerce, through the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), to collaborate with the FCC to produce a ten-year plan and timetable for making available 500 megahertz of Federal and non-Federal spectrum suitable for wireless broadband use. The NTIA and DOC subsequently released two reports that included:
- A Ten-Year Plan and Timetable to make 500 megahertz of Federal and non-Federal spectrum available for wireless broadband use; and
- Fast Track Evaluation of the 1675-1710 MHz, 1755-1780 MHz, 3500-3650 MHz, and 4200-4220 MHz and 4380-4400 MHz bands.
The NTIA has identified 2,200 megahertz of spectrum to evaluate for wireless broadband opportunities, including the four fast-track bands, as candidate bands for review. The report provides a roadmap for identifying wireless spectrum assigned to both Federal and non-Federal users that can be allocated for wireless broadband, as well as for using all spectrum more efficiently. Improving the efficiency of all spectrum use is a key benefit that is provided by “opportunistic” or “cognitive” technologies like xMax. The xMax cognitive radio cellular network solution allows existing carriers, new entrants, content providers, military, public safety organizations and any other wireless operator to add new mobile capacity, coverage and services – regardless of their current spectrum holdings. goal. The NTIA has released a fact sheet that summarizes these reports. It can be viewed at this link. Daniel Carpini Marketing Director xG Technology