Notice of open meeting.
Citation: "78 FR 64202"
Page Number: "64202"
SUMMARY: The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) will convene a meeting on December 13, 2013 to discuss "lessons learned" from NTIA's Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee (CSMAC or Committee) Working Group process.
DATES: The meeting will be held on December 13, 2013, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.
ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Room 4830, Washington, DC 20230. Public input may be mailed to Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Room 4099, Washington, DC 20230 or emailed to BWashington@ntia.doc.gov.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bruce M. Washington at (202) 482-6415 or BWashington@ntia.doc.gov; and/or visit NTIA's Web site at http://www.ntia.doc.gov/category/csmac. Please direct media inquiries to NTIA's Office of Public Affairs at (202) 482-7002.
Background: In May 2012, the CSMAC created five (5) working groups to consider ways to facilitate the transition of the 1695-1710 MHz and 1755-1850 MHz bands. /1/ The working groups were open to CSMAC members, federal agency representatives, and non-federal stakeholders even if they were not affiliated with the members on the full Committee. Each working group was co-chaired by an industry and an agency participant and each group included one or more CSMAC member liaisons. Staff from NTIA and the Federal Communications Commission also participated as observers.
FOOTNOTE 1 See CSMAC, Framework for Work within CSMAC (May 30, 2012), available at http://www.ntia.doc.gov/files/ntia/meetings/framework_for_work_within_csmac_20120525.pdf. END FOOTNOTE
The four working groups addressed the various federal operations within the two spectrum bands as follows:
* Working Group 1--1695-1710 MHz Meteorological-Satellite
* Working Group 2--Law Enforcement Video, Explosive Ordnance Disposal, and other short distance links;
* Working Group 3--Satellite Control and Electronic Warfare;
* Working Group 4--Tactical Radio Relay, Fixed Microwave, and ground-based software defined radios; and
* Working Group 5--Airborne Operations (Air Combat Training Systems, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Precision Guided Munitions, airborne software defined radios, and Aeronautical Telemetry)
From May 2012 to August 2013, the working groups organized themselves and developed work plans, convened face-to-face and teleconference meetings, drafted and edited reports, provided updates to the full CSMAC through the member liaisons, and delivered final reports and recommendations for consideration by the Committee. In a recent executive memorandum, President Obama stated that these discussions between agencies and nonfederal entities have "produced an unprecedented level of information-sharing and collaboration to identify opportunities for agencies to relinquish or share spectrum." /2/