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TR Daily: OMB Approves $69.9 Million for Agencies Before AWS-3 Auction

Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan has notified Congress that OMB has approved the transfer of $69.865 million from the Spectrum Relocation Fund to the Defense, Homeland Security, Justice, and Interior departments to help them plan for relocation and sharing arrangements ahead of the AWS (advanced wireless services)-3 auction, which is scheduled to begin Nov. 13.  OMB can transfer funds 30 days after the Sept. 8 notification to Congress.

“We are pleased that OMB Director Donovan has approved funding to allow the affected agencies to continue planning for Auction 97,” said David Taylor, executive director of the Wireless Broadband Coalition. “Doing so avoids potential delays in the relocation process and sets the stage for a successful auction – one that promises to fully fund federal agency relocation costs while protecting critical national security communications capabilities.”

Mr. Taylor also commended the efforts of federal agencies to reduce the expected relocation and transition costs as well as the required exclusion or coordination zones.

“Progress over the past 18 months has been incredible,” he said. “Federal system relocation cost estimates have dropped from over $18 billion to $4.6 billion. Geographic exclusion zones are significantly smaller and relocation timetables for several systems have been compressed. All of these changes enhance the value of this internationally-harmonized spectrum for potential bidders.” – Paul Kirby, paul.kirby@wolterskluwer.com

TR Daily: No Spectrum Provisions in Budget Deal

As quoted from TR Daily:

“A two-year congressional budget agreement announced yesterday contains no spectrum provisions, including spectrum-related fees or a dependence on revenues from future auctions.  There had been speculation that the budget deal could include such provisions.

“Despite persistent rumors to the contrary, the Ryan-Murray budget agreement does not authorize any new spectrum-related fees nor does it call for new FCC spectrum auction revenues,” noted David Taylor, chief executive officer of Capitol Solutions, a government relations firm.

“The rumored levels were mathematically impossible to achieve for a host of practical, technical, and political reasons,” Mr. Taylor told TRDaily.  “For example, OMB claims that the spectrum user fee proposal in the President’s FY14 Budget would raise $4.8 billion over 10 years. The Administration’s spectrum user fee proposal drew bipartisan opposition in both the House Energy & Commerce and Senate Commerce Committees. It’s hard to see how doubling, tripling or quadrupling the proposed fees would suddenly make the proposal acceptable.”

There had been speculation that the budget agreement could include spectrum provisions to raise up to $20 billion.”

Politico: WBC & CTIA International Harmonization Report Released

This morning, the WBC and CTIA issued a press release announcing their global status report and map on the allocation of the 1755-1780 MHz and 2155-2180 MHz spectrum.  The report shows 17 of the G-20 countries, all but Argentina, Canada and the United States, have at a minimum allocated both bands for commercial use.

The report was featured in this morning’s Politico Morning Tech. ”CTIA, along with the Wireless Broadband Coalition, wants those bands paired and reallocated for commercial use, and are looking to leverage international data to get the U.S. government on board. ‘Internationally harmonized spectrum is appealing to carriers because it reduces network development and deployment costs,’ WBC Executive Director David Taylor said in a statement. ‘Having more equipment readily available also reduces network deployment schedules. Our research clearly shows that these bands are internationally harmonized.’”

Read our press release for more information.

WBC and David Taylor in TR Daily

The Wireless Broadband Coalition criticized a National Telecommunications and Information Administration report this week that affirmed the agency’s recommendation that the 1695-1710 megahertz band should be freed up for commercial wireless services on a shared basis with government users.  “This report continues a disappointing trend.  The FCC’s National Broadband Plan was released in March 2010.  Since then, the Administration has yet to recommend that a single MHz of federal spectrum below 3 GHz should be cleared for commercial use,” said David Taylor, the coalition’s executive director.

David Taylor on OMB Spectrum Relocation Guidance in TR Daily

This morning TR Daily quoted David Taylor on the recent OMB “Guidance for Agencies on Transfers from the Spectrum Relocation Fund for Certain Pre-Auction Costs”. Mr. Taylor stated “The OMB guidance to federal agencies implements one of the WBC’s legislative priorities. The WBC supports providing NTIA and other affected agencies resources for spectrum planning and management activities to 1) improve federal spectrum efficiency, 2) protect critical federal communications capabilities and 3) identify, evaluate, reallocate and clear licensed spectrum for commercial use.”

David Taylor Speaks on TechAmerica Panel Addressing Sequestration

On Monday, October 22nd, 2012, David Taylor spoke on a panel at TechAmerica entitled “The Potential Impact of Sequestration on Non-Defense Federal Agencies” along with other experts. The presentation focused on the context of the current budget situation and the possible effects of sequestration on non-defense agencies.

Information about the event, including David Taylor’s presentation, can be found at: http://www.techamerica.org/Events/eventDetail.cfm?eventid=a0E4000000m4DsrEAE

Wireless Broadband Coalition Calls for More Cleared, Paired, Internationally-Harmonized Spectrum Below 3GHz

The Wireless Broadband Coalition (WBC) and 6 other associations representing companies in the technology and telecommunications sectors wrote to the bipartisan leadership of the House Energy and Commerce Committee to press for more licensed spectrum allocations.

“More cleared, paired, internationally-harmonized spectrum allocations below 3 GHz are needed and needed soon. America’s economy and its global leadership in mobile broadband depend on it.”

Click here to see the text of the letter.

New Coalition Promotes Data Center Consolidation and the Federal Government’s Planned Transition to the Cloud

 “Federal policy-makers are under mounting pressure to cut costs.  The Administration has identified two major initiatives—data center consolidation and cloud-computing—that promise to improve government services and save taxpayers billions of dollars,” said DC4 Coalition Executive Director David Taylor.

“While these initiatives enjoy broad support within the tech community, Congress cut requested funding in FY 2012.  Part of their justification for doing so has been concern that implementation of these initiatives may fall short of the Administration’s performance and budgetary objectives.  The DC4 Coalition will work with the Administration and Congress to address those concerns and improve the prospects that agency data center consolidation and cloud transition activities move forward.”

Click here for Official Press Release

 

Taylor Talks Odds of Inclusion of Spectrum Auctions in the Conference Committee’s Tax Deal

TELECOMMUNICATIONS REPORTS: SPECTRUM OUTLOOK BRIGHTENS WITH TAX EXTENSION DEAL

December 23, 2011, Ted Gotsch, ted.gotsch@wolterskluwer.com

“Procedurally, the deal effectively limits the scope of the conference and increases the odds that spectrum legislation based largely on the JOBS Act will be incorporated into any conference agreement that emerges,” said David Taylor, executive director of the Wireless Broadband Coalition.

Read Full Article Here 

David Taylor on Year-End Outlook for Spectrum

“The fact that Walden’s spectrum bill was in the House’s original payroll bill (HR-3630) ‘gives both House and Senate conferees procedural and budgetary incentives to use spectrum auction receipts’ as an offset for the other spending measures in the payroll tax bill, said David Taylor, managing partner of Capitol Solutions.”