Demand for spectrum is increasing rapidly with the widespread use of wireless broadband devices and services. However, nearly all usable spectrum has been allocated either by NTIA for federal use or by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for commercial and nonfederal use. Federal initiatives are under way to identify federal spectrum that could be repurposed or possibly shared by federal users or wireless broadband providers and other nonfederal users. This statement discusses how NTIA manages spectrum to address governmentwide spectrum needs and the steps NTIA has taken to repurpose spectrum for broadband. As part of an ongoing review, the statement also discusses preliminary information on the factors that prevent spectrum sharing and actions that can encourage sharing and efficient spectrum use. This testimony is based on GAO's prior work on federal spectrum management and ongoing work on spectrum sharing. GAO analyzed NTIA processes, policies and procedures, and interviewed relevant government officials, experts, and industry stakeholders.
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