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White House RFI Details Federal Incentives to Share Spectrum

blackberry cellThe White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy has issued a request for information on how federal agency incentives could help free up spectrum for commercial wireless broadband use.

OSTP said Friday the project’s goal is to address increasing demand for spectrum alongside the use of wireless technologies, as indicated in a 2013 National Economic Council report calling for policies on spectrum use.

The RFI is in response to the Expanding America’s Leadership in Wireless Innovation presidential memorandum, which tasks the White House’s Spectrum Policy Team to determine incentives for the reallocation of spectrum used by federal agencies.

Comments are also requested for a Science and Technology Policy Institute report that indicates some recommended incentive approaches.

Responses to the RFI and comments on the report are due by March 20.

Meanwhile, OSTP said federal agencies and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration have already identified 400 megahertz of available spectrum that could be repurposed for wireless broadband services.

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