Describing spectrum availability as “a key policy lever to unleash the value of [the] . . . mobile broadband revolution,” U.S. Chief Technology Officer Arneesh Chopra unveiled tenets of the Obama Administration’s proposed FY 2011 budget that call upon the FCC and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) jointly to develop a plan that would free up significant amounts of spectrum “for public and private sector needs” over the next decade. At a press briefing on Monday, Chopra stressed that the goal of the FCC and NTIA in developing such a plan should be to make “spectrum available for exclusive use by commercial broadband providers or technologies, or for dynamic, shared access by commercial and governmental users, on both a licensed and unlicensed basis.” The budget proposes $352.5 million in FY 2011 funding for the FCC that would be applied toward the implementation of the National Broadband Plan, which is due for release next month, as well as for spectrum management, improvement of the FCC’s data systems, and support of the FCC’s role in promoting public safety communications and cybersecurity. NTIA, meanwhile, would be provided with $24 million to cover administrative expenses associated with the disbursement of broadband stimulus funds through the Broadband Technologies Opportunities Program. As Steve Largent, the president of wireless association CTIA, applauded the Obama Administration’s “clear commitment to making additional spectrum available for wireless broadband,” FCC Managing Director Steven VanRoekel declared, “with the President’s proposed budget, the FCC can continue its important work of supporting and enhancing the nation’s economic growth by promoting innovation and investment throughout the telecommunications and information technology industries.”