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The NTIA says 95MHz of government wireless spectrum can be used for mobile broadband, but it proposes that government agencies share spectrum with commercial users.
The bipartisan legislation would require the FCC and NTIA to complete a long-overdue inventory of spectrum licenses, paving the way for reallocations needed for mobile broadband users.
NTIA issues a report suggesting freeing up the first 115MHz in an overall plan calling for opening up 500MHz of spectrum for commercial use over the next decade.
The Commerce Department is evaluating whether Internet blocking and filtering technology is adequate for school systems' needs and whether Internet safety policies for children are effective. The agency's National Telecommunications and Information Administration was directed by the Children's Internet Protection Act of 2000 to study the issue, and the work continues even though other parts of the law were struck down. The NTIA is supposed to make recommendations to Congress on those topics and on how to foster development of new technologies that would meet schools' needs. The NTIA is seeking comments on the topic. Information about submitting comments is available on its Web site.
The Commerce Department set a deadline of March 23 for receiving final comment on its controversial green paper on transferring the domain name system to civilian control from the government. Comments can be submitted to the agency at "email@example.com" or mailed to the U.S. Department of Commerce NTIA/OIA, 14th and Constitution NW, room 4701, Washington, DC 20230.