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Spectrum Authority
Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

Postal Address:

Federal Communications Commission
445 12th Street SW
Washington, DC 20554
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Spectrum Policy and Planning Introduction

FCC is responsible for regulating interstate and international communication through radio,television, satellite, wire and cable. It addition, it is responsible for issuing license and collecting fees.
It uses the best practices to manage the national radio frequencies. For the information onthe different best practices it uses to manage its spectrum please visit:
http://www.fcc.gov/ib/sand/irb/bestpractices.html
FCC together with National Telecommunications and Information Administration make regulation for radio spectrum.
For more information please visit: http://www.fcc.gov/oet/spectrum/

Legislation
Section 6003 (a) of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993 (Public Law 103-66)
added a new Section 9 to the Act. Section 9 (a) of the Communications Act authorizes the
Commission to collect annual regulatory fees
In Section 8 of the Omnibus Reconciliation Act of 1989 (Title III, Section 3001 of the
Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1989 (Public Law 101-239), Section 8, revising 47
U.S.C. 158), Congress authorized the FCC to impose and collect application processing fees
Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act 1998 has given authority for FCC to issue licenses.

Radio Frequency Register
Frequency band from 9 kHz and 275 GHz has been allocated. All the radio spectrum has to
be registered. FCC uses auction method for issuing the license.
For full details of this table please visit:
http://www.fcc.gov/oet/spectrum/

Relevant Documentation

Online Documentation
• http://www.fcc.gov/sptf/reports.html
• http://www.ntia.doc.gov/forums/2006/specman/ntia_pitsch.pdf
• http://www7.nationalacademies.org/bpa/BPA_Presentation_Apr06_Gergely.pdf

Reports
• http://www.its.bldrdoc.gov/isart/art06/slides06/sta_e/sta_e_slides.pdf

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