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, firstname.lastname@example.org