Sunday, January 6, 2013

NTIA Plans for 2013

NTIA is going to be busy in 2013 as reported by NTIA senior officials. Early in 2013, NTIA expects to issue requirements for a new $135 million State and Local Implementation Grant Program to support state, regional, tribal, and local jurisdictions.

NTIA is planning to work with FirstNet to ensure that the nationwide public safety broadband network meets the wireless public safety communications needs. FirstNet is in place to provide for a wireless broadband network to enable emergency service personnel and others in public safety to effectively communicate.

NTIA expects the consumer data privacy multi-stakeholder work to establish a code of conduct on mobile application transparency in 2013. Meetings on the topic are scheduled for January 17, January 31, February 21, March 14, and April 4, 2013. NTIA is also ready to work with Congress to enact baseline privacy rights through legislation.

NTIA expects the majority of their broadband grant projects to wrap up in 2013. The plan is continue to maximize the capacity-building power of the state broadband offices that were funded by the State Broadband Initiative.

NTIA is also going to continue to work on spectrum sharing and to fulfill the 500 megahertz goal. A 2010 Presidential Memorandum directs the Secretary of Commerce working through NTIA to collaborate with the FCC to make available 500 megahertz of Federal and nonfederal spectrum over the next ten years to use for mobile and fixed wireless broadband use.