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FCC Reorganizes Wireless Bureau

The FCC announced the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (WTB) has been realigned to simplify the organizational structure, redistribute responsibility along the lines of strategic goals and consolidate similar functions. The WTB is now has six divisions:

* Auctions and Spectrum Access Division
* Broadband Division
* Mobility Division
* Public Safety and Critical Infrastructure Division
* Spectrum and Competition Policy Division
* Spectrum Management Resources and Technology Division

The two divisions likely to have the most impact on broadcast operations are the Spectrum and Competition Policy Division and the Spectrum Management Resources and Technology Division.

According to the FCC News Release, the Spectrum and Competition Policy Division "Formulates and implements innovative spectrum, competition, and infrastructure policies that promote access to and efficient use of radio spectrum for wireless telecommunications and encourage competition in the communications marketplace. Issues include Spectrum Policy Task Force implementation, wireless/wireline convergence, secondary markets, wireless consumer policy, competition reporting, facilities and tower siting, and broad policy guidance for future technological developments." William Kunze will be the Division Chief.

The commission says the new Spectrum Management Resources and Technology Division "Combines the bureau's information technology, licensing support, and auctions support and outreach functions (currently divided between two Divisions) in order to improve planning and implementation of the Bureau s unique and highly integrated system needs." John Chudovan will head that division.

Refer to the FCC News Release for descriptions of the other divisions and an organizational chart comparing the new structure of the WTB with the previous structure.