FCC Establishes Intra-Agency Task Force For Spectrum Reclamation

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 The FCC has created an intra-agency spectrum task force to promote its goal of reclaiming spectrum for wireless broadband.

The task force will include the chiefs of the Enforcement, International, Media, and Public Safety and Homeland Security bureaus, as well as the Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis.

It will be headed by Julius Knapp, chief of the Office of Engineering Technology and Ruth Milkman, chief of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau.

Among other things, the task force will coordinate long-term spectrum planning and implementing recommendations in the national broadband plan that, among other things, anticipates reclaiming 120 MHZ of spectrum from broadcasters within five years.

But if a bill in Congress passes as expected, the commission will also have to do a thorough inventory of spectrum availability and use as part of its plan. something the task force is also likely to have to be involved with.

FCC chairman Julius Genachowski has also pledged to include stakeholders in the proces. He told broadcasters at the National Association of Broadcasters convention earlier this month that he planned to convene an engineers' forum, "which will enlist broadcast, mobile and other engineers to address concrete technical issues raised by the plan and help develop the best path forward."

There has been no annoucement yet about the formation of that group.

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