----- Original Message ----- 
From: Kate Brown 
Sent: Wednesday, December 16, 2009 2:02 PM
Subject: Michael Calabrese Congressional Testimony on Spectrum Inventory and 

                  For Immediate Release
                  December 16, 2009

                  In testimony before the House Subcommittee on Communications, 
Technology and the Internet yesterday, Michael Calabrese, Vice President and 
director of the Foundation's Wireless Future Program, strongly endorsed two 
bipartisan bills that could greatly facilitate the opening of enormous new 
spectrum capacity for wireless broadband and other wireless innovation.  

                  Calabrese also urged the Committee to expand H.R. 3125, the 
Radio Spectrum Inventory Act and H.R. 3019, the Spectrum Relocation Improvement 
Act of 2009 in ways that will promote shared access to very underutilized 
frequency bands that will not or cannot be cleared for auction in the 
foreseeable future. 

                  Last week Assistant Secretary of Commerce Larry Strickling 
announced that Michael Calabrese has been appointed to the Commerce Spectrum 
Management Advisory Committee, which advises the Administration on a broad 
range of issues regarding spectrum policy and on needed reforms to domestic 
spectrum policies.   

                  In his testimony, Calabrese emphasized the following key 
points and proposed improvements to the two proposed bills:

                    a.. The increasing capability and popularity of smartphones 
and other wireless computing devices will drive an explosion in mobile data 

                    a.. Contrary to conventional wisdom, there is an abundance 
of unused spectrum capacity that can be reallocated band-by-band for exclusive 
or for shared use. 

                    a.. The spectrum inventory proposed in H.R. 3125 is 
critical to identifying underutilized bands and determining how best to expand 
access and improve spectrum efficiency. 

                    a.. Actual spectrum use measurements and, ideally, spectrum 
monitoring, would add an important layer of useful data to the inventory; this 
and other NTIA/FCC costs for a robust implementation should be funded from 
unused appropriations for the national broadband mapping data under the 
Broadband Data Improvement Act.

                    a.. Many federal bands are particularly well-suited for 
increased sharing with private sector uses, but this will require not just 
streamlining the CSEA's Spectrum Relocation Fund process, but also broadening 
eligibility so that agencies have the means to upgrade systems to share 
capacity on a far greater number of bands.

                    a.. A comprehensive spectrum inventory and CSEA reforms are 
also critical because it is neither practical nor desirable to rely entirely on 
new auctions of exclusively-licensed spectrum to meet the projected future 
demand for mobile data.

                    a.. Increasing opportunistic access to shared spectrum will 
enable hybrid networks, giving consumers the choice to transmit mobile data 
flows where feasible over unlicensed airwaves and local wired networks, rather 
than transporting most data over scarce licensed spectrum and relatively 
distant carrier infrastructure.

                  For full testimony:   

                  Please contact Kate Brown with press inquiries at 
202-596-3365 or 
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