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Remarks by Acting Chief of Staff Wilhelm at the 2014 Broadband Communities Summit

April 14, 2014

Remarks by Anthony Wilhelm
Acting Chief of Staff
National Telecommunications and Information Administration

2014 Broadband Communities Summit
Broadband, Economic Development and Global Competitiveness
Austin, Texas

April 10, 2014

--As prepared for delivery--

I. Be “Open for Business” in the Global Economy

I am thrilled to be here with you all this morning. This is such an important conference and I commend the organizers, the Board and the sponsors who make this event possible every year.  This Summit brings together such innovative and committed broadband practitioners who are finding smart ways to bring high-speed Internet to communities that so desperately need it.  As someone who has spent my career working to close the digital divide, I feel a deep fellowship with all of you in this room in your steadfast commitment to this cause—our cause.

My message to all of you this morning is that we at NTIA and the Commerce Department want to continue to be your partner in bringing better, faster and cheaper broadband to more communities across America. We have made significant progress in recent years as detailed in a 2013 White House report, Four Years of Broadband Growththanks in no small measure to the work of all of you in this room. But we would not all be assembled here today if there weren’t a significant amount of work yet to be done.

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Karl Nebbia, NTIA’s Associate Administrator, Office of Spectrum Management
April 11, 2014

The growing proliferation of wireless devices is prompting heightened interest in and demand for spectrum used by federal agencies. In response, NTIA today is launching, a new website aimed at providing greater transparency regarding how federal government agencies utilize spectrum. provides a compendium of federal spectrum use in the 225 megahertz through 5 gigahertz bands—prime real estate that has prompted the most interest from both federal and commercial users. It contains information for each frequency band in which the federal government has significant operations on an exclusive or shared basis. Just as commercial broadband providers are facing growing demands for spectrum to fuel the explosion of new wireless devices, federal agencies’ demand for spectrum also is growing. NTIA’s compendium shows agencies need spectrum for crucial tasks ranging from military flight testing to air traffic control to weather forecasting. is part of NTIA’s ongoing efforts to help meet President Obama’s goal of making an additional 500 megahertz of spectrum available for wireless broadband by 2020. This newly published data provides a band-by-band description of how spectrum is used by federal agencies, the number and type of frequency assignments NTIA has authorized, and the percentage of frequency assignments by category. In addition, the new website also features a contour map showing where federal systems that utilize spectrum are located across the country.

This latest data, which will be updated regularly, is an important resource for all stakeholders to help determine potential opportunities and obstacles to repurposing federal bands for commercial uses.

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Testimony of Assistant Secretary Strickling at Hearing on "Should the Department of Commerce Relinquish Direct Oversight Over ICANN?"

April 10, 2014

Testimony of

The Honorable Lawrence E. Strickling
Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information
National Telecommunications and Information Administration
United States Department of Commerce

Before the
Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet
Committee on the Judiciary
United States House of Representatives

Hearing Entitled
“Should the Department of Commerce Relinquish Direct Oversight Over ICANN?”

April 10, 2014

Chairman Coble, Ranking Member Nadler, and members of the Subcommittee, thank you for this opportunity to testify on behalf of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) regarding NTIA’s role and relationship with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), in particular NTIA’s recent announcement of our intent to transition key Internet domain name functions to the global multistakeholder community.

NTIA’s Relationship with ICANN and the DNS

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Remarks by Assistant Secretary Strickling at the Computer and Communications Industry Association Washington Caucus

April 09, 2014

Remarks by Lawrence E. Strickling
Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information
Computer and Communications Industry Association
Washington Caucus
Washington, DC

April 9, 2014

--As prepared for delivery--

Thank you, Ed, and to CCIA for inviting me to speak today at your Washington Caucus event.  CCIA has been a tireless advocate for the tech community in Washington, and I congratulate you for more than four decades of service promoting policies for open markets, open networks and full, fair and open competition.

Preparing for this speech, I looked at CCIA’s website, and I was not surprised to see that your core principles focus on innovation.  As your mission statement makes clear, “understanding and protecting innovation [is] central to our industry’s future.”  As you point out, it is not “an accident that innovation has flourished in a society that values an open, competitive economic marketplace, nor where original independent and free speech are enshrined in law.”

I could not agree with you more.  At NTIA, we understand the important role the open Internet has had in driving innovation, economic growth and societal change around the world.  And we are working hard to keep it that way.

At NTIA and the Department of Commerce, our work on Internet policy is guided by three simple principles:

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Time Change for FirstNet Board Special Meeting

The FirstNet Board will hold a Special Meeting via teleconference on April 8, 2014, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time.  Members of the public may listen to the meeting by dialing toll-free 1–800–369–1868 and using passcode ‘‘FirstNet.’’ Due to the limited number of ports, attendance via teleconference will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Federal Register Notice

April 07, 2014