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management of all electromagnetic spectrum resources;
(ii) performing analysis, engineering, and administrative functions, including the maintenance of necessary files and data bases, as necessary for the performance of assigned functions for the management of electromagnetic spectrum resources;
(iii) conducting research and analysis of electromagnetic propagation, radio systems characteristics, and operating techniques affecting the utilization of the electromagnetic spectrum in coordination with specialized, related research and analysis performed by other Federal agencies in their areas of responsibility; and
(iv) conducting research and analysis in the general field of telecommunications sciences in support of assigned functions and in support of other Government agencies.
(M) The authority to conduct studies and make recommendations concerning the impact of the convergence of computer and communications technology.
(N) The authority to coordinate Federal telecommunications assistance to State and local governments.
(0) The authority to conduct and coordinate economic and technical analyses of telecommunications policies, activities, and opportunities in support of assigned functions.
(P) The authority to contract for studies and reports relating to any aspect of assigned functions.
(Q) The authority to participate, as appropriate, in evaluating the capability of telecommunications resources, in recommending remedial actions, and in developing policy options.
(R) The authority to participate with the National Security Council and the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy as they carry out their responsibilities under sections 4-1, 4-2, and 43 of Executive Order 12046, with respect to emergency functions, the national communication system, and telecommunications planning functions.
(S) The authority to establish coordinating committees pursuant to section 10 of Executive Order 11556.
(T) The authority to establish, as permitted by law, such interagency committees and working groups composed of representatives of interested agencies and consulting with such departments and agencies as may be necessary for the effective performance of assigned functions.
(3) ADDITIONAL COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION FUNCTIONS.-In addition to the functions described in paragraph (2), the Secretary under paragraph (1)
(A) may assign to the NTIA the performance of functions under section 504(a) of the Communications Satellite Act of 1962 (47 U.S.C. 753(a));
(B) shall assign to the NTIA the administration of the Public Telecommunications Facilities Program under sections 390 through 393 of the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 390–393), and the National Endowment for Children's Educational Television under section 394 of the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 394); and
(C) shall assign to the NTIA responsibility for providing for the establishment, and overseeing operation, of a second-level Internet domain within the United States
country code domain in accordance with section 157. SEC. 104. (47 U.S.C. 903] SPECTRUM MANAGEMENT ACTIVITIES. 1
(a) REVISION OF REGULATIONS.—Within 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Commerce and the NTIA shall amend the Department of Commerce spectrum management document entitled "Manual of Regulations and Procedures for Federal Radio Frequency Management” to improve Federal spectrum management activities and shall publish in the Federal Register any changes in the regulations in such document.
(b) REQUIREMENTS FOR REVISIONS.—The amendments required by subsection (a) shall
(1) provide for a period at the beginning of each meeting of the Interdepartmental Radio Advisory Committee to be open to the public to make presentations and receive advice, and provide the public with other meaningful opportunities to make presentations and receive advice;
(2) include provisions that will require (A) publication in the Federal Register of major policy proposals that are not classified and that involve spectrum management, and (B) adequate opportunity for public review and comment on those proposals;
(3) include provisions that will require publication in the Federal Register of major policy decisions that are not classified and that involve spectrum management;
(4) include provisions that will require that nonclassified spectrum management information be made available to the public, including access to electronic databases; and
(5) establish procedures that provide for the prompt and impartial consideration of requests for access to Government spectrum by the public, which procedures shall include provisions that will require the disclosure of the status and ultimate disposition of any such request.
1 The fiscal year 1999 appropriation to the NTIA to carry out spectrum management activities contained the following provisions:
For necessary expenses, as provided for by law, of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), $16,550,000, to remain available until expended: Provided, That notwithstanding 31 U.S.C. 1535(d), the Secretary of Commerce shall charge Federal agencies for costs incurred in spectrum management, analysis, and operations, and related services and such fees shall be retained and used as offsetting collections for costs of such spectrum services, to remain available until expended: Provided further, That hereafter, notwithstanding any other provision of law, NTIA shall not authorize spectrum use or provide
any spectrum functions pursuant to the NTIA Organization Act, 47 U.S.C. 902–903, to any Federal entity without reimbursement as required by NTIA for such spectrum management costs, and Federal entities withholding payment of such cost shall not use spectrum: Provided further, That the Secretary of Commerce is authorized to retain and use as offsetting collections all funds transferred, or previously transferred, from other Government agencies for all costs incurred in telecommunications research, engineering, and related activities by the Institute for Telecommunication Sciences of the NTIA, in furtherance of its assigned functions under this paragraph, and such funds received from other Government agencies shall remain available until expended.
(c) CERTIFICATION TO CONGRESS.-Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Commerce shall certify to Congress that the Secretary has complied with this section. (d) RADIO SERVICES.
(1) ASSIGNMENTS FOR RADIO SERVICES.—In assigning frequencies for mobile radio services and other radio services, the Secretary of Commerce shall promote efficient and cost-effective use of the spectrum to the maximum extent feasible.
(2) AUTHORITY TO WITHHOLD ASSIGNMENTS.—The Secretary of Commerce shall have the authority to withhold or refuse to assign frequencies for mobile radio service or other radio seryice in order to further the goal of making efficient and costeffective use of the spectrum.
(3) SPECTRUM PLAN.—By October 1, 1993, the Secretary of Commerce shall adopt and commence implementation of a plan for Federal agencies with existing mobile radio systems to use more spectrum-efficient technologies that are at least as spectrum-efficient and cost-effective as readily available commercial mobile radio systems. The plan shall include a time schedule for implementation.
(4) REPORT TO CONGRESS.-By October 1, 1993, the Secretary of Commerce shall submit to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate and the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives a report summarizing the plan adopted under paragraph (3), including the implementation schedule for the plan.
(e) PROOF OF COMPLIANCE WITH FCC LICENSING REQUIREMENTS.
(1) AMENDMENT TO MANUAL REQUIRED.—Within 90 days after the date of enactment of this subsection, the Secretary and the NTIA shall amend the spectrum management document described in subsection (a) to require that,
(A) no person or entity (other than an agency or instrumentality of the United States) shall be permitted, after 1 year after such date of enactment, to operate a radio station utilizing a frequency that is authorized for the use of government stations pursuant to section 103(b)(2)(A) of this Act for any non-government application unless such person or entity has submitted to the NTIA proof, in a form prescribed by such manual, that such person or entity has obtained a license from the Commission; and
(B) no person or entity (other than an agency or instrumentality of the United States) shall be permitted, after 1 year after such date of enactment, to utilize a radio station belonging to the United States for any non-government application unless such person or entity has submitted to the NTIA proof, in a form prescribed by such manual, that such person or entity has obtained a license from the Commission.
(2) RETENTION OF FORMS.—The NTIA shall maintain on file the proofs submitted under paragraph (1), or facsimiles thereof.
(3) CERTIFICATION.-Within 1 year after the date of enactment of this subsection, the Secretary and the NTIA shall certify to the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate that,
(A) the amendments required by paragraph (1) have been accomplished; and
(B) the requirements of subparagraphs (A) and (B) of
such paragraph are being enforced. SEC. 105. (47 U.S.C. 904) GENERAL ADMINISTRATIVE PROVISIONS. (a) INTERAGENCY FUNCTIONS.
(1) AGENCY CONSULTATION.-Federal agencies shall consult with the Assistant Secretary and the NTIA to ensure that the conduct of telecommunications activities by such agencies is consistent with the policies developed under section 103(b)(2)(K),
(2) REPORT TO PRESIDENT.—The Secretary shall timely submit to the President each year the report (including evaluations and recommendations) provided for in section 404(a)1 of the Communications Satellite Act of 1962 (47 U.S.C. 744(a) 1).
(3) COORDINATION WITH SECRETARY OF STATE.—The Secretary shall coordinate with the Secretary of State the performance of the functions described in section 103(b)(2XC). The Corporation and concerned executive agencies shall provide the Secretary with such assistance, documents, and other cooperation as will enable the Secretary to carry out those functions.
(b) ADVISORY COMMITTEES AND INFORMAL CONSULTATIONS WITH INDUSTRY.—To the extent the Assistant Secretary deems it necessary to continue the Interdepartmental Radio Advisory Committee, such Committee shall serve as an advisory committee to the Assistant Secretary and the NTIA. As permitted by law, the Assistant Secretary may establish one or more telecommunications or information advisory committees (or both) composed of experts in the telecommunications and/or information areas outside the Government. The NTIA may also informally consult with industry as appropriate to carry out the most effective performance of its functions. (c) GENERAL PROVISIONS.
(1) REGULATIONS.—The Secretary and NTIA shall issue such regulations as may be necessary to carry out the functions assigned under this title.
(2) SUPPORT AND ASSISTANCE FROM OTHER AGENCIES.—All executive agencies are authorized and directed to cooperate with the NTIA and to furnish it with such information, support, and assistance, not inconsistent with law, as it may require in the performance of its functions.
(3) EFFECT ON VESTED FUNCTIONS.—Nothing in this title reassigns any function that is, on the date of enactment of this
1 So in law. Section 404 of the Communications Satellite Act of 1962 does not contain subsections.
Act, vested by law or executive order in the Commission, or the
(1) AUTHORITY TO REORGANIZE.—Subject to paragraph (2), the Secretary may reassign to another unit of the Department of Commerce a function (or portion thereof) required to be assigned to the NTIA by section 103(b).
(2) LIMITATION ON AUTHORITY.-The Secretary may not make any reassignment of a function (or portion thereof) required to be assigned to the NTIA by section 103(b) unless the Secretary submits to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate and the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives a statement describing the proposed reassignment and containing an explanation of the reasons for the reassignment. No reassignment of any such function (or portion thereof) shall be effective until 90 legislative days after the Secretary submits that statement to such Committees. For purposes of this paragraph, the term “legislative days” includes only days on which both Houses of Congress are in session.
(e) LIMITATION ON SOLICITATIONS.-Notwithstanding section 1 of the Act of October 2, 1964 (15 U.S.C. 1522), neither the Secretary, the Assistant Secretary, nor any officer or employee of the NTIA shall solicit any gift or bequest of property, both real and personal, from any entity for the purpose of furthering the authorized functions of the NTIA if such solicitation would create a conflict of interest or an appearance of a conflict of interest.
PART B-TRANSFER OF AUCTIONABLE
SEC. 111. (47 U.S.C. 921 ) DEFINITIONS.
(1) The term “allocation” means an entry in the National Table of Frequency Allocations of a given frequency band for the purpose of its use by one or more radiocommunication services.
(2) The term "assignment" means an authorization given to a station licensee to use specific frequencies or channels.
(3) The term “the 1934 Act” means the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 151 et seq.). SEC. 112. [47 U.S.C. 922) NATIONAL SPECTRUM ALLOCATION PLAN
NING. The Assistant Secretary and the Chairman of the Commission shall meet, at least biannually, to conduct joint spectrum planning with respect to the following issues:
(1) the extent to which licenses for spectrum use can be issued pursuant to section 309(j) of the 1934 Act to increase Federal revenues;
(2) the future spectrum requirements for public and private uses, including State and local government public safety agencies;