House hearing on federal spectrum on tap


U.S. CongressThe House Communications Subcommittee will look at the prospects of repurposing spectrum currently in the hands of the government to help spur the expansion of mobile broadband. While broadcasters are not directly involved, this could potentially help reduce the need to repurpose television spectrum.

The hearing is scheduled for Wednesday 9/12/12 at 10:15 AM.

Subcommittee chair Greg Walden (R-OR) said, “The subcommittee will continue to examine how both federal agencies and commercial wireless carriers might benefit from more efficient government use of spectrum. As the single largest spectrum user, the federal government could save taxpayers money and make more frequencies available to meet American consumers’ growing demand for mobile broadband services, while improving its own capabilities.”

The witnesses include:
* Mr. Douglas Smith, President and CEO, Oceus Networks
* Mr. Mark Goldstein, Director, Physical Infrastructure Issues, U.S. Government Accountability Office
* Mr. Karl Nebbia, Associate Administrator, Office of Spectrum Management, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce
* Mr. Steve Sharkey, Chief Engineering and Technology Policy, Federal Regulatory, T-Mobile USA
* Dr. Preston Marshall, Deputy Director, Information Sciences Institute, University of Southern California, Information Sciences Institute
* Major General Robert Wheeler, USAF, Deputy Chief Information Officer for Command, Control, Communications and Computers (C4) and Information Infrastructure, U.S. Department of Defense