NTIA Revitalizes Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee
Friday, April 19, 2019 | Comments

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced that U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross appointed 30 outside experts to serve on the Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee (CSMAC). The committee provides advice on a range of spectrum policy and technical issues and is an important forum for developing recommendations aimed at strengthening U.S. global leadership in wireless technology services.

After languishing for several months, the committee has been revitalized. An NTIA release said committee members will serve two-year terms and will be led by two co-chairs: Jennifer Warren, vice president, technology policy and regulation, Lockheed Martin; and Charla Rath, independent consultant and former Verizon executive.

The committee will work on issues related to the increasing demand for spectrum to support 5G technologies as well as ensuring continued access to spectrum for critical federal government, defense and national security missions.

“On behalf of Secretary Ross, we welcome new members to CSMAC and thank returning members for their continued service,” said David Redl, assistant secretary for communications and information and NTIA administrator. “This committee’s diverse expertise in spectrum policy will help guide our ongoing work to meet the spectrum needs of commercial and federal users.”

Jeff Cohen, chief council and director of government relation at the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International; Mark Crosby, president and CEO of the Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA); and Dale Hatfield, senior fellow of the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology and Entrepreneurship, are members of the committee. Crosby and Hatfield are editorial advisors to MissionCritical Communications magazine.

As special government employees (SGEs), members serve in a personal capacity and do not represent any organization or interest. The Secretary selected members of the committee based on their technical background and expertise, as well as a diversity and balance in points of view, consistent with the CSMA.

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