ABSTRACT

Spectrum Management: Agencies Should Strengthen Collaborative Mechanisms and Processes to Address Potential Interference, Report to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, House of Representatives   [open pdf - 7MB]

From the Government Accountability Office (GAO) Highlights: "Spectrum is a scarce resource that supports vital services, such as mobile communications and Earth-observing satellites. In the U.S., FCC [Federal Communications Commission] and NTIA [National Telecommunications and Information Administration] regulate and manage nonfederal and federal spectrum use, respectively, while the ITU [International Telecommunication Union's] sets global regulations and hosts conferences to update them. Recent U.S. and ITU activities have sought to designate spectrum for possible 5G [5th generation] use and to study how to do so without causing harmful interference to other uses, particularly satellites like those operated by NOAA [National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration] and NASA [National Aeronautics and Space Administration] that contribute to weather forecasting and climate science. GAO was asked to review how agencies coordinate on and study these matters. Among other objectives, this report examines: (1) the extent that cognizant federal agencies follow leading practices in collaborating on potential interference effects on weather forecasting and (2) their processes to conduct and review technical interference studies."

Report Number:
GAO-21-474
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Date:
2021-06
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Public Domain
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Government Accountability Office: http://www.gao.gov/
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