Spectrum management once used to be something of interest to radio geeks like me, but now that seemingly everyone in the country over the age of 3 has an iThing, the topic has widespread implications.
Which is probably why the Pentagon Channel will stream live at 11 a.m. EST tomorrow (Feb. 20) a press briefing by Defense Department Chief Information Officer Teri Takai, focused on what I expect will be the transfer of spectrum used by the military in the 1755-1780 MHz band for commercial use by way of an FCC auction.
I expect Defense to retain access to the 1780-1850 MHz Band, which commercial carriers would also like to grab.
Spectrum definitely is valuable real estate, but it is also finite and federal agencies still need it for missions a tad more important than binge viewing House of Cards.
Bob Brewin joined Government Executive in April 2007, bringing with him more than 20 years of experience as a journalist focusing on defense issues and technology. Bob covers the world of defense and information technology for Nextgov, and is the author of the “What’s Brewin” blog.