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House Subcommittee Ready to Move Spectrum Bills

The House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet held a legislative hearing yesterday on H.R. 3125, the Radio Spectrum Inventory Act, and H.R. 3019, the Spectrum Relocation Improvement Act of 2009.  Both bills have bipartisan support and Subcommittee Chairman Rick Boucher stated his intention to move the bills through Congress as soon as possible.

The Radio Spectrum Inventory Act (H.R. 3125)  would require an inventory of the spectrum bands managed by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration and the Federal Communications Commission.  The bill was introduced by Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman and currently has 17 Cosponsors.  The Spectrum Relocation Improvement Act (H.R. 3019) would amend the National Telecommunications and Information Administration Organization Act to improve the process of reallocation of spectrum from Federal Government use to commercial uses.  This bill was introduced by Congressman Jay Inslee and currently has 10 Cosponsors. 

The witnesses at the committee hearing included:

Michael Calabrese – Vice President and Director, Wireless Future Program, New America Foundation

Dale Hatfield – Adjunct Professor, Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program, University of Colorado at Boulder

Ray Johnson, Ph.D., Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Lockheed Martin Corporation

Steve Largent, President and CEO, CTIA – The Wireless Association

Thomas Stroup, Chief Executive Officer, Shared Spectrum Company

You can find all of their testimony here.