The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has reportedly announced that it has completed its analysis of the 1755-1850 MHz band for broadband use. According to TR Daily, NTIA plans to finalize the report and make it publicly available "in the coming weeks." While nothing official has been released yet, the report is expected to conclude that the 1755-1780 MHz portion of the band could be made available for commercial broadband, but that suitable spectrum must be identified for relocating incumbent Federal spectrum users first, which could be a long, drawn-out process.
Meanwhile, NTIA's Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee (CSMAC) has scheduled its next meeting for November 10, 2011 at 9:00 am-12:00 pm ET at the US Department of Commerce in Washington, DC. The meeting is open the public and, while a detailed agenda has not been published yet, will review the findings and recommendations of each of CSMAC's four subcommittees: 500 MHz Initiative; Spectrum Sharing; Spectrum Management Improvements; and Unlicensed Spectrum. The CSMAC was established to assist the Commerce Department in its efforts to develop radio frequency policies that will promote new technologies, expand consumer choice and enhance first responder capabilities. It also develops recommendations for improving the federal government's internal spectrum management policies and stimulating more efficient use of the radio spectrum by state and local governments and the private sector. Doug McGinnis, Principal Smart Grid Communications Architect for Exelon Corporation and UTC Smart Networks Council Board of Director, is a representative on CSMAC.