The Federal Aviation Administration, theÂ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the departments of Defense and Homeland SecurityÂ have established an interagency team to conduct a feasibility study on a proposalÂ toÂ free portions of the radio spectrum for non-government use.
FAA said Friday theÂ Spectrum Efficient National Surveillance RadarÂ initiative was launched in response to theÂ Spectrum Pipeline Act of 2015, which mandatesÂ federal agencies to auction offÂ partsÂ of theÂ spectrum by 2024.
The legislation formed aÂ technical panel composed of representatives from the Office of Management and Budget, Federal Communications Commission and National Telecommunications and Information Administration to reviewÂ technical plans before they authorizeÂ funds for feasibility studies.
The SENSR team gained the panel’sÂ approval for its pipeline plan and receivedÂ $71.5 million from OMB to fund the first phase of the program that covers research, engineering studies, economic analysis and planning.
SENSR aims to evaluate theÂ feasibility of auctioningÂ a minimum of 30 megahertzÂ of the 1300 to 1350 MHz band by 2024.
The interagency team plans to free upÂ bandwidth through consolidation ofÂ existing surveillance radar that worksÂ to track aircraft and the weather.
FAA said theÂ feasibility study will identify potential surveillance platforms for evaluationÂ by the SENSR team.