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Lawrence E. Strickling, Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and Administrator, NTIA
Influence: As the head of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), Strickling is overseeing the dispersion of $4.7 billion in broadband stimulus grants, which will likely include funds for mobile broadband projects. However, the NTIA will also likely play a role in creating a census of available spectrum mandated by companion bills in Congress. The bills are aimed at figuring out what spectrum is currently being used in order to use what’s left over to deliver mobile broadband services. Right now, a shortage of radio spectrum is seen as a huge policy issue as it could limit the use and utility of mobile broadband.