The National Telecommunications and Information Administration and the Federal Communications Commission want to test how public and private organizations can share the same wireless spectrum, the Washington Post reported Tuesday.
Nancy Scola writes the two agencies have issued a Federal Register notice that seeks public feedback on the proposed spectrum-sharing experiment.
FCC and NTIA will find an urban test city that has a diverse pool of mobile technology users as well as potential participants from the research and academic community, according to The Post.
The Post reports that the host location must be willing to offer its roadways, utility poles and other infrastructures for telecommunication usage.
According to the newspaper, the federal government plans to allocate $60 million to support the “model city” in the first three years of operation.
NTIA estimated that federal agencies predominantly used 43 percent of high-value frequencies as of 2012.