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Remarks by Lawrence E. Strickling
Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information
Georgetown University Center for Business and Policy
“The National Broadband Plan: Looking Backward, Reaching Forward”
March 18, 2015
--As Prepared for Delivery--
I want to thank Blair Levin and John Mayo for inviting me to share in this five-year anniversary event. This is a good time to review the accomplishments of the FCC and the Administration pursuant to the National Broadband Plan. The release of the plan in 2010 was an important milestone in our nation’s efforts to promote the deployment and adoption of broadband in the United States by outlining concrete recommendations to the FCC and the Administration to expand broadband access and adoption.
Today, as the Conference title directs, I would like to provide a quick look back at how NTIA has measured up against those Plan recommendations directed to us and to reach forward to let you know what we are continuing to work on as recommended by the Plan. Over the past five years, we have made great strides, but we know that there is still more work to be done.
The National Broadband Plan deserves a lot of credit for focusing the nation’s attention on the promise of wireless broadband and the need to find more spectrum to support the millions of smartphones now in use today. Following the issuance of the plan, President Obama set a goal to make 500 megahertz of spectrum available for mobile and fixed wireless broadband by 2020.
Since 2010, NTIA has identified several bands that could be repurposed for shared or exclusive use by nonfederal users. To date, NTIA has formally recommended or otherwise identified 335 megahertz of spectrum allocated to federal agencies for potential reallocation.