Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.


NTIA Identifies Spectrum For Commercial Broadband

Two spectrum bands totaling 115 MHz that would count toward the president's 500 MHz goal have been named by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.

Continuing its drive to find 500 MHz of spectrum to ease the growing shortage, the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration announced that it has identified two spectrum bands totaling 115 MHz as candidates to be made available for public and commercial use.

The 115 MHz includes 100 MHz of federal radar bands in regions of the U.S. that are beyond the reach of radar currently used by the federal government, including Defense Department agencies. Another 15 MHz can be made available by consolidating spectrum bands currently used for meteorological observation systems.

“We have identified the first steps for unlocking a significant amount of the spectrum needed to reach the president’s 10-year goal,” said Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, referring to President Obama’s June announcement to seek the 500 MHz of spectrum. “In implementing this initiative, the Obama administration is seeking to catalyze innovation and private sector investment.”

The drive to find more spectrum is in response to the fear that smartphones and other devices will hog much of the spectrum. Already, wireless carriers like AT&T and Verizon Wireless have begun to move toward metering usage by their subscribers. The FCC has also suggested that the freeing up of the “white spaces” of spectrum that exist around the 700-MHz bands would also help relieve spectrum congestion.

“NTIA will continue to work with the FCC and other U.S. agencies to make the full 500 MHz of spectrum available while protecting vital government uses,” said NTIA administrator Lawrence E. Strickling, who is also assistant secretary for communications and information. The Commerce Department also noted that commercial interests, like carriers and other companies using spectrum, can share in proceeds from spectrum auctions when they agree to give up some or all of their bands.


FCC Approves 'White Spaces'

FCC Hopes White Spaces Vote Appeases Critics


Recommended Reading:

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
COVID-19: Latest Security News & Commentary
Dark Reading Staff 7/6/2020
Russian Cyber Gang 'Cosmic Lynx' Focuses on Email Fraud
Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark Reading,  7/7/2020
Another COVID-19 Side Effect: Rising Nation-State Cyber Activity
Stephen Ward, VP, ThreatConnect,  7/1/2020
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
Special Report: Computing's New Normal, a Dark Reading Perspective
This special report examines how IT security organizations have adapted to the "new normal" of computing and what the long-term effects will be. Read it and get a unique set of perspectives on issues ranging from new threats & vulnerabilities as a result of remote working to how enterprise security strategy will be affected long term.
Flash Poll
The Threat from the Internetand What Your Organization Can Do About It
The Threat from the Internetand What Your Organization Can Do About It
This report describes some of the latest attacks and threats emanating from the Internet, as well as advice and tips on how your organization can mitigate those threats before they affect your business. Download it today!
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
PUBLISHED: 2020-07-08
Buffer overflow exists in Geovision Door Access Control device family, an unauthenticated remote attacker can execute arbitrary command.
PUBLISHED: 2020-07-07
An issue was discovered in CMSUno before 1.6.1. uno.php allows CSRF to change the admin password.
PUBLISHED: 2020-07-07
Victor CMS through 2019-02-28 allows XSS via the register.php user_firstname or user_lastname field.
PUBLISHED: 2020-07-07
A memory leak in Openthread's wpantund versions up to commit 0e5d1601febb869f583e944785e5685c6c747be7, when used in an environment where wpanctl is directly interfacing with the control driver (eg: debug environments) can allow an attacker to crash the service (DoS). We recommend updating, or to res...
PUBLISHED: 2020-07-07
Gossipsub 1.0 does not properly resist invalid message spam, such as an eclipse attack or a sybil attack.