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FCW : April 30, 2013
April 30, 2013 FCW.COM 29 operations and allocations mission- critical," said Jot Carpenter, vice presi- dent of government affairs at wireless trade association CTIA. Robert Atkinson, president of the Information Technology and Innova- tion Foundation, suggested creating a process similar to the one that former Rep. Dick Armey (R-Texas) led back in the late 1980s to close obsolete mili- invested a lot of resources toward trying to nd a solution," he said. "We not only have the spectrum managers sitting around the table negotiating with the broadband community, we have...the guys who actually operate the equipment participating." The reality is that resolving the tech- nical challenges "is just plain dif cult," Moore eld said. "I don t think it s that we are stalling." Cautious optimism The main reason the government is under growing pressure to give up a piece of the spectrum is because there is nowhere else left to look. The FCC is already in the midst of reclaiming frequencies used by broad- casters through a process known as an incentive auction. Essentially, Uncle Sam will buy back spectrum from broadcasters and resell it to carriers. Dish Network, for example, is in the process of repurposing airwaves used for satellite communication to build a network that can fuel tablet PCs, smart phones and other devices. And the FCC is looking into several other creative ways to maximize the real estate available for commercial broadband. Although the process can be frus- trating, a number of stakeholders are optimistic. "I think [DOD of cials] are actually engaging in a good-faith effort to work with the three carrier groups," Carpen- ter said. "It took a lot of time to get that [agreement] approved." Others say DOD officials have become more open-minded since the discussions began several years ago. But at the end of the day, most of the spectrum game is about patience. "It s going to be a slow, hard march to reach the goals," one industry execu- tive said. ■ Eliza Krigman is a Washington, D.C.- based journalist who covers technol- ogy and politics. online reporting system could "remove political considerations. " The power of dashboards Pai points to Michigan s dashboard as a good example of how government agencies can report on their activities. Under Gov. Rick Snyder, the state has added a dashboard to its website that shows how the government is perform- ing in certain key metrics, including public safety and economic growth. The Of ce of Management and Budget s IT Dashboard --- though currently in limbo due to the delayed release of President Barack Obama s scal 2014 budget --- serves a similar purpose for federal technology spending. "We ll take wisdom from whatever quarter is ready to offer it, " Pai said. "We re always [looking] for innovative federal or state or local agencies or private-sector companies that can give us a better idea of how to run things. " Furthermore, Pai, whose varied legal career includes a stint as a senior FCC staffer, said he believes the agen- cy s employees would support a more transparent reporting system. "Cul- turally, I don t think it would take that much of a change, " he said. "I think most FCC employees embrace the idea that the public deserves a responsive agency. And I think they share our goal of being more responsive in the Digital Age. " McDowell, who has oated many of the same transparency ideas that Pai is championing now, echoed that senti- ment. "Sometimes the most vociferous complaints we hear are from our own people, especially after the FCC website was revamped, " McDowell said. He credits outgoing Chairman Julius Genachowski with advancing some reforms but said there is more the agency has "the authority to do under its own motion. " "There s plenty of work that could be done, " McDowell said. "If the post of ce can do it, surely the FCC can do it. " --- Adam Mazmanian "We need access to a variety of different spectrum to do a variety of diverse and complex missions, so that's our incentive." FREDERICK MOOREFIELD JR. tary bases. An independent commis- sion developed recommendations for shutting down a large number of bases, which saved the government billions of dollars. Others say the White House needs to apply more pressure. However, Moore- eld takes issue with criticisms that DOD is not moving fast enough. "The record shows that DOD has
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