Agencies may get paid for spectrum move
- By Bryant Jordan
- Jan 18, 2001
NTIA's 3G wireless home page
Telecommunications companies that want to acquire government-used radio
spectrum for third-generation wireless ventures may have to reimburse displaced
federal agencies for costs they incur to move along the broadcast spectrum.
The mandatory reimbursement policy is spelled out in the notice of proposed
rulemaking issued Wednesday by the National Telecommunications and Information
Comments on the proposed rules must be submitted within 60 days of the notice
being published in the Federal Register; it
was posted today.
"These are extremely important in determining how reimbursement procedures
will go," said Diane Cornell, associate chief of the Federal Communications
Commission's wireless telecommunications bureau. Cornell also said "reimbursement
will be separate from the cost of bidding."
The proposed rules require the FCC to provide the estimated costs of reimbursement
to potential bidders so that the costs can be factored in, according to
The 3G wireless technology promises high-speed, two-way mobile Internet
access and communications.
The FCC manages the electromagnetic spectrum used by the public and private
sectors, and the NTIA is responsible for managing the federal government's
use of the radio spectrum, according to the rulemaking notice.
The NTIA, an agency within the Commerce Department, also has been the principal
adviser to the White House on telecom policies.
The Senate paved the way for corporate reimbursement for any agency spectrum
moves when, in 1999, it required paybacks totaling up to $5 billion associated
with spectrum reallocation.