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Overview Edit

In June 2002, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) formed the Spectrum Policy Task Force (SPTF) for the following purposes:

  1. To provide specific recommendations to the FCC for ways in which to evolve the current "command-and-control" approach to spectrum policy into a more integrated, market-oriented approach that provides greater regulatory certainty while minimizing regulatory intervention; and
  2. To assist the FCC in addressing ubiquitous spectrum issues, including interference protection, spectral efficiency, effective public-safety communications, and implications of international spectrum policies.

The Task Force approached not only the problem of the need for changes to spectrum management and allocation but also the long-­term need to allow further change to happen readily in anticipation of such technological advance. The SPTF Report of 2002[1] introduced new models and ways of thinking about the rights of users and licensees, about the accommodation of market forces, and about the preparation for future radio technologies beyond the horizon.

The FCC chair formed the Task Force to help the FCC improve spec­trum policy management in recognition of the challenges it faces to "keep pace with the ever-increasing demand for spectrum and the continuing advances in wireless technology and wireless applications."[2] The SPTF Report of 2002 sought to provide a comprehensive and systematic review of FCC spectrum policy and to catalyze reform of that policy. The Report offered a number of findings and recommendations aimed at improving spectrum policy and ensuring that it is able to evolve with technology and applications.

References Edit

  1. FCC, "Spectrum Policy Task Force Report," ET Docket No. 02­135 (Nov. 2002) (full-text).
  2. Id. at 1.

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