At a meeting last Friday, the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) endorsed a report to the President to make 1000 MHz of government spectrum available for sharing with the private sector, double the current Administration proposal to provide 500 MHz of government spectrum.

Among other things, the report calls for:

  • the President to issue a memorandum stating that it is the policy of the U.S. government to share under-utilized federal spectrum
  • implementation of a database-driven federal spectrum access system that would allow for non-federal sharing akin to unlicensed spectrum with a registration and sensing component to protect federal users
  • the creation of a receiver management framework
  • making immediately available the 3550-3650 MHz radar bands
  • the establishment of a spectrum sharing steering committee of industry representatives
  • the formalization of a White House-based Spectrum Management Team to provide federal spectrum management oversight and move spectrum sharing forward; and
  • the implementation of a carrot approach that would incentify federal agencies to share spectrum through the creation of spectrum currency with economic value that would be credited to agencies when they make spectrum available.

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