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Release No: 136-01
March 30, 2001


In conjunction with the release today of a Department of Commerce report on spectrum requirements for third generation telecommunications devices, Assistant Secretary of Defense (Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence) Arthur L. Money released the following statement:

"The Department of Defense has provided the Department of Commerce a report titled, 'Department of Defense Investigation of the Feasibility of Accommodating the International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) 2000 within the 1755-1850 MHz Band.' This report documents DoD's assessment of operational, regulatory, technical and cost implications of accommodating IMT-2000 systems in the 1755-1850 MHz government spectrum band. It was prepared to aid the National Telecommunications and Information Administration of the Department of Commerce in assessing IMT 2000 services, popularly known as Third Generation, or "3G" telecommunications services, government-wide.

"The DoD report concludes that sharing the 1755-1850 MHz band between DoD and 3G services would be infeasible. Segmentation or removal of DoD activities from that band would require access to comparable spectrum as well as timely cost reimbursement. Furthermore, these options could not be completed until well beyond the timelines proposed for the study.

"The Department of Defense uses the 1755-1850 MHz band for critical national defense systems, including satellite control, precision guided weapons data links, tactical radio relay, and air combat training systems. Collectively these systems and dozens of others in the government band enable essential command, control, communications, navigation, and remote sensing and training functions. Furthermore, Defense spectrum needs are growing. We must preserve sufficient spectrum with the flexibility to accommodate future growth. The findings in the DoD report are based on the principle that these essential military capabilities must be preserved.

"The Department of Defense is committed to working with all concerned parties to identify the best solution for additional spectrum, if required, for 3G services, considering both national security and economic needs. However, the Department believes that, before government spectrum is reallocated for 3G services, the case must still be made that these services cannot be accommodated within non-government spectrum already allocated or readily available for wireless operations."

The NTIA report and DoD assessment are available on the Web at http://www.ntia.doc.gov/ntiahome/threeg/index.html .

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