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CHALLENGES TO EFFECTIVE SPECTRUM MANAGEMENT CGSIC – 43 rd MEETING MARCH 10, 2004 s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s Gregory A. Wheeler DOT Office of Navigation and Spectrum Policy Spectrum – A Global Finite Resource Management is an International Process

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CHALLENGES TO EFFECTIVESPECTRUM MANAGEMENT

CGSIC – 43rd MEETING

MARCH 10, 2004

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Gregory A. Wheeler

DOT Office of Navigation and Spectrum Policy


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Spectrum – A Global Finite Resource

Management is an International Process

ITU – International Telecommunication Union

INTERNATIONAL IN SCOPE


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U. S. SPECTRUM MANAGEMENT

A Dual System of Control

Established by the Communications Act of 1934 as amended


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PRIVATE SECTOR, STATE, LOCAL

  • The FCC Licenses and Regulates

  • Uses the Federal Register for Notification

  • FCC Issues Notice of Inquiry (NOI), Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM), Report and Order (RNO)

  • Above Actions Include Reallocation of Spectrum, Changes in Authorized Power Levels, Spectrum Sharing

  • Actions Can Impact Existing Services

  • Established Timeframes for Responses May Be Too Short for Proper Evaluation


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FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

Regulated by The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)

  • Gathers Input From Federal Departments and Agencies Through IRAC Representation

  • Conducts Technical Reviews, Establish Test Beds, Perform Analysis, Publish Findings

  • Formulates the Federal Response

  • One Voice Representing Federal Departments

    and Agencies


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I R A C STRUCTURE

21 Federal Departments and Agencies

OST IS NOW AT THE TABLE


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CRITICAL DOT SERVICES

  • GPS Radionavigation

  • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

  • Maritime Administration (MARAD)

  • Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC)

  • Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

  • Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)


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CURRENT DOT CHALLENGES

  • Protect radionavigation spectrum from encroachment and Radio Frequency Interference (RFI)

  • Efficiently manage and utilize spectrum currently in use and ensure spectrum is available for future developments

  • Effectively represent DOT national spectrum interests and requirements

  • Investigate the potential impacts that FCC rulemaking on UWB, BPL, PEDs, etc. could have on the DOT’s mission


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SPECTRUM PRESSURE

Wireless Technology Growing in Leaps and Bounds

Aimed at integrating voice, data, video and internet use between home, office, mobile, and airborne devices

IN THE NEWS

Development of Wireless Specifications

Wireless Local Area Networks (WLAN)

Wireless Internet (WiFi)

Personal Electronic Devices (PED)

Third Generation Broadband (3G)

Ultra Wide Band (UWB)

Broadband Over Power Lines (BPL)


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DOT SPECTRUM ISSUES

  • DOT’s spectrum requirements are based

    on global standards and protocols

  • The trend towards spectrum sharing and

    “overlays”

  • The aggregate effect of numerous UWB

    devices

  • Unintended harmful interference


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DOT POLICY GOALS FOR 2004 AND BEYOND

  • Fully support the spectrum requirements of all DOT modes in the execution of their missions.

  • Strengthen support for the protection of spectrum used for providing transportation services to the traveling public.

  • Improve the level of transportation services by supporting new and innovative technologies which add value to the national transportation infrastructure.


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CONCLUSIONS

  • Spectrum decisions made now will impact global security, public safety, and the marketplace for decades to come.

  • The DOT spectrum policy focus is on the compatibility and interoperability of existing and future systems and services.

  • The DOT is strengthening its commitment to public safety by proactively expanding its participation in the spectrum arena, providing representation at the IRAC.


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POINT OF CONTACT INFO

Gregory A. Wheeler, Spectrum Policy Analyst

U.S. Department of Transportation, Office of the Secretary

Navigation & Spectrum Policy, Nassif Bldg., Rm. 10223E

400 Seventh Street, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20590

Wk: (202) 366-4894

Fx: (202) 366-3393

E-mail: [email protected]

www.dot.gov


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