Agencies Called on for Monthly Spectrum Updates

Republican and Democrat leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee are calling for monthly updates from several government agencies on their progress in making efficient use of spectrum and freeing up more for commercial use. In a recent hearing titled “Equipping Carriers and Agencies in the Wireless Era” before the Communications and Technology Subcommittee, full committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Ranking Member Henry Waxman (D-CA) called for monthly meetings with the National Telecommunications and Information Agency (NTIA), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Department of Defense (DOD). “I have talked with Ranking Member Waxman and we are both concerned that we are not making progress fast enough,” Chairman Upton said. “So therefore, the two of us, we have agreed on a bipartisan basis to ask Chairman Walden and Ranking Member Eshoo to convene monthly meetings with the NTIA, FCC, and DOD to make sure that we tackle the issues both responsibly and expeditiously.”

By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations

Published: July 12, 2013