As the FCC conducted its summit on wireless broadband spectrum, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Administrator Larry Strickling told an audience at a Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA) luncheon that his agency has identified 115 MHz of federal government spectrum that can be reallocated on a fast-track basis over the next five years for wireless broadband use. In a report that was submitted to the White House on October 1 but that has yet to be released publicly, NTIA is recommending reassignment of 100 MHz of spectrum in the 3550-3650 MHz band plus an additional 15 MHz of spectrum in the 1695-1710 MHz band that is highly coveted by commercial wireless operators. Summarizing report highlights in his speech to the FCBA, Strickling indicated that channels identified in the 1695-1710 MHz band are currently used by weather satellite downlinks and could be paired with advanced wireless service (AWS)-3 spectrum to be auctioned by the FCC at a later date. NTIA is also recommending reallocation of an additional 40 MHz swath on the edges of the 4200-4400 MHz band in an action that would require ratification through the World Radiocommunications Conference (WRC) process. While acknowledging that the 3550-3650 MHz allotment “is probably not something that industry is going to use right away,” Stricking nevertheless asserted: “it’s important to identify it, set aside, and put it in the bank, so that the technology can start to evolve to using that band.” With respect to the 1755-1780 MHz band that is most desired by the wireless industry and that was not included in the NTIA’s fast-track study, Strickling promised that spectrum “will be evaluated fully as we move forward.” Agreeing, “a careful analysis of government spectrum use is key,” CTIA president Steve Largent said: “we will continue to work to ensure that federal policymakers understand, and focus on, the importance of certain bands of spectrum, such as the 1755-1780 MHz band, for delivering the promise of robust mobile broadband.”