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National Telecommunications and Information Administration Guidance Documents

A guidance document is an agency statement of general applicability and future effect, other than a regulatory action, that sets forth a policy on a statutory, regulatory, or technical issue, or an interpretation of a statute or regulation.  Guidance documents are intended to provide helpful information to the public, such as clarifying obligations under an existing law or regulation, providing information on agency procedures.  Guidance documents do not, however, themselves impose obligations on the public.

This page provides a portal to guidance documents issued by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), including the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet).

Please note that the contents of these guidance documents do not have the force and effect of law and are not meant to bind the public in any way.  These documents are intended only to provide clarity to the public regarding existing requirements under the law or NTIA policies.

NTIA-Wide Guidance Documents

At this time, neither NTIA nor FirstNet have in effect any guidance documents subject to Executive Order 13891 that apply across the NTIA or FirstNet, respectively. 

Helpful background documents


If you wish to petition NTIA to modify or withdraw any of its guidance documents, please write to us at:

Office of Chief Counsel – Guidance Documents
National Telecommunications and Information Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce
1401 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Suite 4713
Washington, DC 20230


In your letter, please provide your name, organization, address, phone, and email.  We also ask that you to identify the guidance document and describe the nature of the request. You may send us any documents you believe would be helpful to NTIA in responding to your request.


February 21, 2020