NTIA – the National Telecommunications Information Agency was not much of an agency, until 2009. In fact I recall hearing on more than one occasion it was simply a ‘shell’ organization.
The NTIA administrator is Lawrence E. Strickling, Assistant Secretary of Commerce. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on June 25, 2009, following his nomination by President Barack Obama.
Among its stated goals are:
- 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.
Keep this in mind when understanding the authority that the 0bama administration has given the NTIA, one of the funding arms of the SECONDARY network.
It was wildly floated around, during the time of the stimulus, that we were to create Net 2.0. It seems it was created and NTIA tells us that just in their web address:
The www2 in a domain usually signifies a private network or Intranet.