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S.3433 - Radio Spectrum Inventory Act of 2012
A bill to require a radio spectrum inventory of bands managed by the Federal Communications Commission and the National Telecommunications & Information Administration.
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SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
SEC. 2. SPECTRUM INVENTORY.
‘SEC. 343. SPECTRUM INVENTORY.
‘(a) Radio Spectrum Inventory- Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of the Radio Spectrum Inventory Act of 2012, and biennially thereafter, the Commission, in consultation with the NTIA and the Office of Science and Technology Policy, shall carry out the following activities:CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(1) REPORT- Prepare a report that includes an inventory of each radio spectrum band, from 300 Megahertz to 6.5 Gigahertz, at a minimum, managed by each such agency. Except as provided in subsection (b), the report shall include--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(C) the approximate number of transmitters, end-user terminals, or receivers, excluding unintended radiators, that have been deployed or authorized, for each licensee or Federal Government user, in the band; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(i) the type of transmitters, end-user terminals, or receivers, excluding unintended radiators, operating in the band and whether they are space-, air-, or ground-based;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(ii) the type of transmitters, end-user terminals, or receivers, excluding unintended radiators, authorized to operate in the band and whether they are space-, air-, or ground-based;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(iii) contour maps or other information that illustrate the coverage area, receiver performance, and other parameters relevant to an assessment of the availability of spectrum in each band;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(v) the approximate extent of use, by geography, of each band of frequencies, such as the amount and percentage of time of use, number of end-users, or other measures as appropriate to the particular band;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(2) PUBLIC ACCESS- Create a centralized portal or website utilizing data from the Commission and the NTIA to make a centralized inventory of the bands of each agency available to the public via an Internet-accessible and searchable website.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(3) UPDATES- Make all reasonable efforts to maintain and update the information required under paragraph (2) no less frequently than quarterly to reflect, at a minimum, any transfer or auction of licenses or change in allocation, assignment, or authorization.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(1) IN GENERAL- If the head of a Federal agency determines that disclosure of information required by subsection (a) would be harmful to the national security of the United States, the agency shall--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(2) CLASSIFIED INFORMATION- If the head of a Federal agency determines that any information required by subsection (a) is classified in accordance with Executive Order 13526 of December 29, 2009, or any successor Executive order establishing or modifying the uniform system for classifying, safeguarding, and declassifying national security information, the agency shall--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(3) ANNEX RESTRICTION- The NTIA shall make an annex described in paragraph (1)(B)(iii) or (2)(B)(iii) available to the Commission. Neither the NTIA nor the Commission may make any such annex available to the public pursuant to subsection (a)(2) or to any unauthorized person through any other means.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(1) IN GENERAL- If a licensee of non-Federal spectrum determines that public disclosure of certain information held by that licensee and required to be included in the report under subsection (a) would reveal information for which public disclosure would be detrimental to public safety, or that the licensee is otherwise prohibited by law from disclosing, the licensee may petition the Commission for a partial or total exemption from inclusion on the centralized portal or website under subsection (a)(2) and in the reports required under subsection (d).CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(2) BURDEN- A licensee seeking an exemption under this subsection bears the burden of justifying the exemption and shall provide clear and convincing evidence to support the requested exemption.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(B) to the maximum extent practicable, a summary description, suitable for public release, of the information for which public disclosure would be detrimental to public safety or that the licensee is prohibited by law from disclosing; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(1) IN GENERAL- Except as provided in paragraph (3), the NTIA and the Commission shall submit each report required by subsection (a)(1) to the appropriate Congressional committees.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(2) NONDISCLOSURE OF ANNEXES- Each such report shall be submitted in unclassified form, but may include one or more annexes as provided for by subsections (b)(1)(B)(iii), (b)(2)(B)(iii), and (c)(3)(C). No Congressional committee may make any such annex available to the public or to any unauthorized person.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(1) APPROPRIATE CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEES- The term ‘appropriate Congressional committees’ means the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate, the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives, and any other congressional committee with primary oversight jurisdiction for the user agencies or licensees concerned.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(b) Progress Report- Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Commission and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration shall provide an update as to the status of the inventory and report required by section 343(a) of the Communications Act of 1934, as added by subsection (a) of this Act, to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation and the House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
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