The National Telecommunications and Information Administration issued a report today recommending that 115 MHz of radio spectrum be reallocated for wireless broadband service within the next five years.
NTIA is offering to free 15 MHz of spectrum by consolidating what is now used for meteorological observations. Another 100 MHz would come from sharing federal radar bands with private users. The federal radar bands used for Navy ships are in areas of the country that are currently beyond the reach of radars.
The plan to round up and better use 115 MHz is a critical step toward President Obama’s goal to offer an additional 500 MHz of spectrum over the next decade.
“This is a concrete step that delivers on the National Broadband Plan. Bringing our national spectrum policy into the 21st Century is critical to innovation and economic growth.”