GAO AND THE RF SPECTRUM

The RF spectrum is a vital natural resource to the United States. Currently, the U. S. has an investment of over $90 billion in RF spectrum dependent equipment, of which about 55 percent represents investment by the Federal Government. GAO recently conducted a study of RF spectrum use and management in the U. S. to obtain information on its impact on current and planned Federal programs. GAO found that: 1) Demands for spectrum space are increasing more rapidly than technology can supply it. 2) Parts of the RF spectrum are extremely congested, while others are relatively unused. 3) There is currently no spectrum crisis like our energy crisis, but positive action is needed today if we are to avert future difficulties. 4) New and innovative measures are needed if we are to ensure availability of this resource for future and new uses of radio. Such measures could take the form of "paying for airwaves" or increased regulation or both. New legislation would be required for any such measures.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Presented at the RTCM Assembly Meeting, St. Petersburg, Fla., April 1-3, 1974, with the Propeller Club of the United States. Vol. 1, Papers A-F, Maritime Electronics. Vol. 2, Papers G-N, Maritime Satellite Systems and Maritime Navigation. Vol. 3, Papers O-T, Maritime Telecommunication Trends. Vol. 4, Papers 0A-0I, Maritime Transponders and Collision Avoidance Systems. Sold as a complete 4 volume set for $15.00.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Radio Technical Commission for Marine Services

    /Federal Communications Commission
    Washington, DC  USA  20554
  • Authors:
    • Austen, N G
  • Publication Date: 1974-4

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  • Accession Number: 00057088
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Radio Technical Commission for Marine Services
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Symposium Papers Q
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 16 1974 12:00AM