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Remarks of Assistant Secretary Strickling at Transforming Communities: Broadband Goals for 2017 and Beyond

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 21:06:28 +0000

Remarks of Lawrence E. Strickling
Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information
Transforming Communities: Broadband Goals for 2017 and Beyond
Washington, D.C.
November 30, 2016

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Notice of 12/15/2016 Meeting of the Digital Economy Board of Advisors

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 13:08:41 +0000

November 28, 2016

This notice announces an open meeting of the Digital Economy Board of Advisors. The meeting will be held on December 15, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time (EST) at the U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20230.  For further information, please contact Evelyn Remaley, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), at (202) 482-3821 or

Quantitative Assessments of Spectrum Usage

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 13:45:12 +0000

Spectrum Management500 MHz Initiative
Spectrum ManagementSpectrum Sharing
November 17, 2016

In this report, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) presents a summary of the results of its quantitative assessments of spectrum usage in response to the 2013 Presidential Memorandum entitled Expanding America's Leadership in Wireless Innovation. Through this memorandum, the President sought to make more spectrum available by allowing and encouraging shared access by commercial providers to spectrum that is currently allocated for federal use.

Sizing up Spectrum Sharing Prospects

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 13:28:31 +0000

NTIA today is announcing the development of another tool to help meet the surging demand for spectrum from industry and government agencies.  It also is the latest demonstration of the Obama Administration's ongoing commitment to make spectrum available for wireless broadband.

As directed by President Obama in a 2013 Memorandum, NTIA is releasing the Quantitative Assessments of Spectrum Usage that summarizes our initial efforts to evaluate a range of federal spectrum bands for possible sharing with commercial users.  These efforts will provide a basis for further detailed studies of potential sharing scenarios.

Twenty-Ninth Quarterly Status Report to Congress Regarding BTOP

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 16:15:20 +0000

GrantsBroadband Technology Opportunities Program
GrantsState Broadband Initiative
November 17, 2016

Pursuant to Section 6001(d)(4) of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA or Recovery Act) (Public Law No. 111-5), NTIA provides this Quarterly Report on the status of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program. This Report focuses on the Program's activities from January 1 to March 31, 2016.

Remarks of Assistant Secretary Strickling at the UK Internet Governance Forum

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 16:50:58 +0000

Remarks of Lawrence E. Strickling
Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information

UK Internet Governance Forum
London, England
November 17, 2016

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Thank you to the UK IGF steering committee for inviting me to participate, and thank you to those of your here in London, and to everyone joining the proceedings remotely. 

Using Partnerships to Power Smart Cities: A Toolkit for Local Communities

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 15:07:10 +0000


Many cities and local communities are eyeing advances in technology as a way to increase efficiency, reduce costs, and improve quality of life for their residents - all in the face of shrinking budgets. They are seeking to become "Smart Cities" by embedding new digital technologies into municipal infrastructure. The possibilities seem endless: smart grids, intelligent transportation systems, connected street lighting, and remote healthcare to name a few.

Although smart-city infrastructure is the foundation for vibrant societies of tomorrow, today many communities do not have the required expertise to develop and sustain new large-scale infrastructure and technology projects. Many also lack the funds needed for such investments. One way to meet these challenges is to harness the resources and strengths of private-sector stakeholders - innovators, businesses, community anchor institutions, educators, and more. Private-sector partners can be an important source of capital, technical knowledge, continuing innovation and workforce development.

Ex Parte Supplemental Comments on Process Reform for Executive Branch Review

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 13:46:06 +0000

Docket Number: 
IB Docket No 16-155
November 15, 2016

On behalf of the Executive Branch, NTIA submits these supplemental comments to further address the NPRM proposal to establish time periods for Executive Branch review of applications and petitions referred to it by the Commission, in light of the extensive comment on this issue by other entities including telecommunications companies, trade associations, and law firms.