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Introduced in Senate (11/14/2018)


115th CONGRESS
2d Session
S. 3617


To require the National Telecommunications and Information Administration to determine the value of electromagnetic spectrum assigned or otherwise allocated to Federal entities.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

November 14, 2018

Mr. Lee (for himself and Mr. Markey) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation


A BILL

To require the National Telecommunications and Information Administration to determine the value of electromagnetic spectrum assigned or otherwise allocated to Federal entities.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Government Spectrum Valuation Act of 2018”.

SEC. 2. Determination of value of electromagnetic spectrum.

(a) In general.—Part A of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration Organization Act (47 U.S.C. 901 et seq.) is amended—

(1) by redesignating section 105 (47 U.S.C. 904) as section 106; and

(2) by inserting after section 104 (47 U.S.C. 903) the following:

“SEC. 105. Determination of value of electromagnetic spectrum.

“(a) Definitions.—In this section—

“(1) the term ‘Federal entity’ has the meaning given the term in section 113(l); and

“(2) the term ‘OMB’ means the Office of Management and Budget.

“(b) Determination required.—Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of the Government Spectrum Valuation Act of 2018, and each year thereafter, the NTIA, in consultation with the Commission and OMB, shall determine the value of electromagnetic spectrum assigned or otherwise allocated to each Federal entity as of the date of the determination.

“(c) Scope.—The valuation under subsection (b) shall cover the frequencies between 3 kilohertz and 300 gigahertz.

“(d) Basis for determination.—The NTIA shall base the value determination under subsection (b) on the value that the electromagnetic spectrum would have if the spectrum were reallocated for licensed or unlicensed commercial wireless services.

“(e) Agency report on value of electromagnetic spectrum.—A Federal entity that has been assigned or otherwise allocated use of electromagnetic spectrum within the range of frequencies described in subsection (c) shall report the value of the spectrum as determined under subsection (b)—

“(1) in the budget of the Federal entity to be included in the budget of the United States Government submitted by the President under section 1105 of title 31, United States Code; and

“(2) in the annual financial statement of the Federal entity required to be filed under section 3515 of title 31, United States Code.”.

(b) Technical and conforming amendments.—Section 103(b) of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration Organization Act (47 U.S.C. 902(b)) is amended—

(1) in paragraph (1), by striking “section 105(d)” and inserting “section 106(d)”; and

(2) in paragraph (2), in the matter preceding subparagraph (A), by striking “section 105(d)” and inserting “section 106(d)”.