The National Telecommunications & Information Administration appears to have beaten its Oct. 1 deadline for
reporting to the White House on its plan for freeing up spectrum through more efficiency and reclamation.
The Presidential memorandum to the heads of departments and agencies June 28 directed NTIA to "collaborate with the Federal Communications Commission to complete by October 1, 2010, a specific plan and timetable for identifying and making available 500 MHz of spectrum."
NTIA submitted its report to the White House earlier this week, said the source. The report was not available for public inspection at press time, in contrast to the FCC's national broadband plan report and its spectrum plans, for example, which was publicly available on deadline day, though a deadline pushed back a month to March 17.
The hold-up on the NTIA report is said to be the federal interagency clearance process for a report dealing with "sensitive" federal government spectrum use, like that of the Defense Department.
NTIA is responsible for the government spectrum involved, but the spectrum plan is a collaborative effort, and the targets, like 120 mHz from broadcasters are not set in stone, so the two are interdependent.
In other words, what the NTIA says it is going to do will impact what the FCC does in terms of its part of the plan.