As we all know, spectrum plays an important role in the net neutrality and reclassification of broadband debate. Spectrum is essential in the delivery of Internet and wireless services, which is why the proper utilization and allocation of spectrum is so important. The National Broadband Plan lays out a strategy for spectrum and how to ensure unfettered access to this necessary resource. The FCC has been working with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to achieve these goals.
Julius Knapp, Chief of the FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology states that the Commission is “supporting NTIA’s efforts to identify spectrum that might be made available on a fast track basis and to develop a longer term plan to make spectrum available for wireless broadband over the next 10 years.” Knapp added that, “In conjunction with NTIA, we [FCC] have also begun work to develop accurate spectrum measurement and monitoring methods.”
While efforts to improve the delivery of spectrum are underway, I would urge the Commission and NTIA to ensure that the minority community remains a priority during deliberations on this issue. Access to spectrum has proven very challenging to minority digital and new media entrepreneurs. Competing with incumbents for a piece of the spectrum pie in order to effectively manage online businesses is no easy task. The FCC should be sure that its policy pursuits take these factors into consideration, while also ensuring that its policies do not compromise ISPs and wireless providers ability to meet consumer and market demands.