Latta, Doyle, Larsen, and Walberg Introduce Legislation to Modernize Federal Spectrum Management Systems
U.S. Representatives Bob Latta (OH-5), Mike Doyle (PA-18), Rick Larsen (WA-2), and Tim Walberg (MI-7) have introduced legislation to require the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to submit a plan for the modernization of its information technology systems.
“The Spectrum IT Modernization Act recognizes the important role of the federal government to responsibly manage spectrum in order to meet the needs of both the public and commercial sectors,” said Congressman Latta. “I am pleased to introduce this bipartisan legislation with Chairman Doyle, Representative Larsen, and Representative Walberg. With the advancement of our legislation, we will improve the coordination and management of federal spectrum.”
“You cannot have a big-league economy with little league infrastructure," said Congressman Larsen. "That is as true for bridges, highways and transit as it is for disruptive new technologies, including 5G. The federal government must ensure its spectrum management infrastructure is secure and effective to meet the needs of the public and the 21st century economy.”
“Smart spectrum management helps foster innovation and encourage economic growth here in the United States," said Congressman Walberg. "I am glad to work with my colleagues on this bipartisan bill to bring the federal government up to speed with the technological capability to use federal spectrum more effectively."
H.R. 7310, the Spectrum IT Modernization Act, would direct the NTIA, in consultation with the Policy and Plans Steering Group, to establish goals for the modernization of the infrastructure used by covered agencies, including the Department of Defense, relating to managing the use of Federal spectrum by those agencies, and then to submit a report to Congress that contains NTIA’s plan to modernize and automate its spectrum management infrastructure. The legislation also would direct the Comptroller General of the United States to conduct oversight of the implementation and modernization plans submitted by the NTIA.
Federal agencies, including the Department of Defense, are the largest users of spectrum in the United States. Efficient management of this resource is essential for building next generation wireless networks as well as new and unlicensed services. Better coordination between federal agencies will also ensure that mission-critical assets are protected from harmful interference.