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This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action. Release of the full text of a Commission order constitutes official action. See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).
FCC ISSUES GUIDING PRINCIPLES FOR SPECTRUM MANAGEMENT
|Washington, D.C. The FCC today issued a Policy Statement outlining guiding principlesfor spectrum management activities as we enter the new millennium. These principles aredesigned to enhance competition and to encourage the development of emergingtelecommunications technologies. |
The Policy Statement will serve as a guidepost for the reallocation of approximately 200megahertz of spectrum for a broad range of new radio communications services. This spectrumhas been made available through transfer of frequencies from Government uses and fromreallocation of frequencies used by existing non-Government radio services.
As noted in the Commission's En Banc hearing on Spectrum Management held in April of1999, demand for spectrum has increased dramatically as a result of explosive growth in wirelesscommunications. In response to this demand, Chairman Kennard's draft FCC Strategic Plancalled upon the Commission to define policies that would maximize the efficient use of spectrumand make more spectrum available while ensuring that the public interest is served. An aggressiveand innovative approach to managing spectrum is necessary to meet these goals and includes thefollowing principles:
The Bureau and Office Chiefs involved in spectrum issues will participate on theCommittee under the direction of Dale Hatfield, Chief of the Office of Engineering andTechnology. This Committee is tasked with three major objectives: (1) to address broad policyissues affecting spectrum management; (2) to implement the initiatives consistent with theprinciples articulated in the Policy Statement; and (3) to coordinate interbureau issues. ThisCommittee will bring focus and policy direction in a time of increased demand for spectrum.
Action by the Commission November 18, 1999, by Policy Statement (FCC 99-354). Chairman Kennard, Commissioners Ness, Powell, and Tristani; with Commissioner Furchtgott-Roth approving in part/dissenting in part; Commissioners Ness and Furchtgott-Roth issuingseparate statements.
Report No. ET 99-6
Office of Engineering and Technology contact: Alan Stillwell (202) 418-2925