October 25, 2018
President Donald Trump has issued a memorandum urging progress in spectrum technology.
The memo he signed, with the subject line “Developing a Sustainable Spectrum Strategy for America’s Future,” states, “It is imperative that America be first in fifth-generation (5G) wireless technologies — wireless technologies capable of meeting the high-capacity, low-latency, and high-speed requirements that can unleash innovation broadly across diverse sectors of the economy and the public sector.”
The memo asked government agencies to report to the Secretary of Commerce about their future spectrum requirements and directed the Office of Science and Technology Policy to submit a report on emerging technologies and their expected impact on non-federal spectrum demand. The OSTP is directed to issue recommendations for research and development priorities for spectrum access and efficiency.
The memo also directs the Secretary of Commerce to report on the status of existing efforts and upcoming spectrum repurposing plans as well as legislative, regulatory and other policy recommendations on increasing spectrum access for all users, creating flexible models for spectrum management that promote efficient and effective spectrum use, and using ongoing research to develop new technologies.
Finally, the memorandum calls for a Spectrum Strategy Task Force that will work to implement the new memorandum.