New House Panel To Consider Spectrum Policy
April 26, 2012 at 5:42 AM (PT)
A bipartisan Federal Spectrum Working Group has been formed by Reps. GREG WALDEN (R-OR) and ANNA ESHOO (D-CA) to consider federal policy on efficient spectrum management. The panel, with House Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman WALDEN and Ranking Member ESHOO serving as ex-officio members, will be co-chaired by Reps. BRETT GUTHRIE (R-KY) and DORIS MATSUI (D-CA), with Reps. JOHN SHIMKUS (R-IL), MIKE ROGERS (R-MI), STEVE SCALISE (R-LA), DIANA DEGETTE (D-CO), JOHN BARROW (D-GA), and DONNA CHRISTENSEN (D-VI) in the group.
"Spectrum is the fundamental building block of the wireless ecosystem," said WALDEN in a press release. "This precious and finite resource drives the technologies that are integral to our 21st century economy. As the largest single spectrum user, the federal government could save taxpayers money and provide its own agencies better technology tools while simultaneously making more frequencies available to meet AMERICA's exploding demand for mobile broadband services. This working group will take a comprehensive, thoughtful, and responsible look at how to improve federal spectrum use as part of our ongoing effort to make the most efficient and effective use of the public's airwaves."
"Spectrum is the key ingredient for faster, more ubiquitous wireless broadband, spurring unprecedented growth in new online applications and services," added ESHOO. "We need a comprehensive approach to spectrum policy, including an examination of how the federal government uses it. The working group will be tasked with examining ways in which we use spectrum and how we can use it more efficiently."