- For both bands, NTIA’s letter asks the Commission to use a rulemaking process to set the conditions under which federal and non-federal users would share the spectrum. To facilitate sharing, NTIA recommends that the agencies adopt technical parameters for the new wireless systems and implement a coordination process for the federal and non-federal users.
- NTIA recognizes that the Commission may wish to pair and auction the 1755-1780 and 2155-2180 MHz bands together. NTIA points out, however, that auctioning the 1755-1780 MHz band will require the reallocation of the entire 1755-1850 MHz band because federal users currently operate throughout the entire swath of spectrum. Therefore, the FCC “will need to consider the potential for a phased transition to facilitate commercial access to the 1755-1780 MHz band in a shorter timeframe while preserving longer-term repurposing and transition opportunities for the entire 1755-1850 MHz band.”
- NTIA’s working group recommends transitioning federal users out of the 1755-1780 MHz band by different geographic priorities, which will require agencies to establish clearing timelines based on their operational requirements. NTIA asks the Commission to ensure that prospective commercial bidders understand that the agencies may not be able to vary their transition timelines.
- The letter explains that NTIA and the FCC may have to identify and reallocate replacement spectrum to accommodate displaced federal operations if the agencies cannot use sharing or other technologies to maintain their capabilities.
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