Today, Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and NTIA Administrator David J. Redl issued the following statement on the Federal Communications Commission's vote on actions to open access to high-band spectrum for 5G connectivity:
One of NTIA’s most important responsibilities is working with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to find spectrum to support competitive and ubiquitous 5G broadband wireless service in America. Efficient use of spectrum is critical as we look to get more spectrum into the hands of wireless innovators while protecting federal users. To help achieve this goal, NTIA engineers have facilitated the creation of a new concept in flexible spectrum sharing, Dynamic Protection Areas (DPAs), to enable increased access to the 3.5 GHz Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) band.
On May 22, in response to a letter from NTIA, the FCC issued a waiver Order that allows each spectrum access system (SAS) administrator in the 3.5 GHz band to use DPAs. This action will allow more devices to operate in the band more quickly than anticipated, promoting efficient spectrum use and more investment.
Remarks of David J. Redl
Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information
Media Institute Communications Forum Luncheon
May 17, 2018
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“Protecting and Expanding the Free and Open Internet”
Thank you to Rick Kaplar, Dick Wiley and the Media Institute for inviting me to speak today.