Rumsfeld names CEO to be spectrum protector

Rumsfeld names CEO to be spectrum protector

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld deems an area of radio frequency bands used by the Defense Department as so crucial that he has hired a telecommunications industry executive to focus on protecting that electromagnetic spectrum.

Rumsfeld has named Steven Price, former president and chief executive officer of LiveWire, as a deputy assistant secretary of Defense for spectrum and command, control and communications policy. LiveWire, of White Plains, N.Y., is an investment and management company that concentrates on companies providing software and Internet products and services for the media, telecom, utility, advertising and new media industries.

Since 1990, the government has ceded 247 MHz of bandwidth to industry. Today, the Defense Department is battling with the wireless industry over a portion of its 1,755- to 1,850-MHz band.

Most of the band would remain under DOD control if a plan by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration and the Federal Communications Commission is proven to be feasible. But a portion of the band'between 1,755 and 1,770 MHz'would be turned over to the wireless communications industry for the development of commercial wireless services.

Price's appointment marks the first time spectrum issues have risen to the deputy assistant secretary of Defense level, Defense officials said. Price is a lawyer by profession with degrees from Brown University and Columbia University School of Law.

In a DOD statement, Price said he will use his new position 'to help DOD build a global secure wide-band network, with wireless access, for warriors in the field so that bandwidth does not limit or impede U.S. military capability.'

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