National Telecommunications and Information Administration

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is an agency of the United States Department of Commerce that serves as the President‘s principal adviser on telecommunicationspolicies pertaining to the United States‘ economic and technological advancement and to regulation of the telecommunications industry.

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American government agency
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National Telecommunications and Information Administration
Agency overview
Formed 1978; 43 years ago (1978)
Jurisdiction United States Government
Headquarters Herbert C. Hoover Building
1401 Constitution AvenueNW, Washington, D.C., U.S.


Annual budget US$34 million (2009)
US$40 million (est. 2010)
US$46 million (est. 2011)
Agency executives
  • Vacant[1], Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information
  • Vacant[2], Deputy Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information
  • James V. Wasilewski, Deputy Chief of Staff
Parent agency United States Department of Commerce

Among its stated goals are:[not verified in body]

  • Working to ensure that all Americans have affordable phone and cable TV service.
  • Helping to bring the benefits of advanced telecommunications technologies to millions of Americans in rural and underserved urban areas through its information infrastructure grants.
  • Providing the hardware that enables public radio and television broadcasters to extend and maintain the reach of their programming.
  • Advocating competition and liberalization of telecommunications policies around the world.
  • Participating in international government-to-government negotiations to open markets for U.S. companies.
  • Negotiating with foreign governments to ensure adequate spectrum for national defense, public safety, and U.S. business needs.
  • Promoting efficient use of federal radio spectrum and encouraging the development and implementation of new and emerging telecommunications technologies.
  • Performing long-term research to explore uses of higher frequency spectrum.
  • Working with Federal, state, and local public safety agencies to address future spectrum requirements.
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The Office of Policy Analysis and Development (OPAD) is the domestic policy division of the NTIA.[3] OPAD is responsible for executing and managing research and analysis and preparing policy recommendations for the Executive Branch. The domestic policy office is responsible for creating policies that promote innovation and growth, both politically and economically, that provide for American businesses and consumers, alike.

These policies affect how Americans use and gain access to the wireless services like the Internet, telephone service and video programming. Issues the OPAD deals with include making sure all Americans have access to integrated broadband services, content is regulated to keep children safe on the Internet, competition in the telecommunication and information industries are cooperative and that users privacy is protected.[citation needed]

Additionally, OPAD carries out research, files reports, letters and formal comments, and proposes and responds to federal legislation for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and other regulatory committees.[citation needed]

The Office of International Affairs (OIA) is responsible for developing and the implementation of policies to strengthen U.S. companies’ ability to compete worldwide in both the Information Technology and Communications sectors.[4][non-primary source needed] In consultation with other U.S. agencies and the U.S. private sector, OIA partakes in both international and regional conferences and conventions to advocate for policies that open Information and communications technology (ICT) markets and boost competition.

The two main goals of the OIA are to:[citation needed]

  1. Formulate international ICT policy, goals, and strategies:
    • By leveraging the knowledge of the Office of Spectrum Management, Office of Policy Analysis and Development, Office of Telecommunications and Information Applications, and the Institute for Telecommunications Sciences, the OIA can provide important policy and technical breakdowns to the U.S. negotiators and interagency consignments.
    • The OIA also provides long-lasting advice to the Executive Branch contemplating the management of the Internet’s domain name and numbering system (DNS), which is critical to the overall infrastructure.
  2. Advocate U.S. policy interests
    • The goal of the OIA here is to foster pro-competitive and flexible policy environments that:
    • Carry the profits of ICTs to the global community
    • Open up foreign market opportunities for U.S. Telecommunications and Information Technology companies
    • Observe the esteemed role of all stakeholders in the production and facilitation of the Internet as well as telecommunications policy issues occurring in the ICT community

The OIA staff helps to participate in U.S. delegations of many different meetings in which global telecommunications and information policy is discussed and developed by providing the negotiators critical policy and expertise advice.[citation needed]

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