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Spectrum Management

Many Federal agencies use radio frequency spectrum to perform vital operations. NTIA manages the Federal government's use of spectrum, ensuring that America's domestic and international spectrum needs are met while making efficient use of this limited resource. NTIA carries out this responsibility with assistance and advice from the Interdepartment Radio Advisory Committee and by:

  • establishing and issuing policy regarding allocations and regulations governing the Federal spectrum use;
  • developing plans for the peacetime and wartime use of the spectrum;
  • preparing for, participating in, and implementing the results of international radio conferences;
  • assigning frequencies;
  • maintaining spectrum use databases;
  • reviewing Federal agencies' new telecommunications systems and certifying that spectrum will be available;
  • providing the technical engineering expertise needed to perform specific spectrum resources assessments and automated computer capabilities needed to carry out these investigations;
  • participating in all aspects of the Federal government's communications related emergency readiness activities; and
  • participating in Federal government telecommunications and automated information systems security activities.

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Remarks of Assistant Secretary Redl at the Phoenix Center 2017 Annual U.S. Telecoms Symposium

Remarks of David J. Redl
Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information
National Telecommunications and Information Administration
Phoenix Center Annual U.S. Telecoms Symposium
Washington, D.C.
December 5, 2017

--As Prepared for Delivery--

Thank you. I am grateful and honored to accept the Jerry B. Duvall Public Service Award.

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