When Duty Calls

Posted by Chris Hardy on June 28, 2011


For more than three decades, Comsearch has been a pre-eminent global provider of spectrum management and wireless engineering products and services. I am proud that our excellent work is reflected in long-standing relationships with so many customers. The expertise of our people is a major factor in our success with customers. The latest example of that occurred with the recent appointment of Comsearch’s Mark Gibson, who has been appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to a two-year term to the Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee (CSMAC).

CSMAC is a federal advisory committee established pursuant to the President’s Memorandum on Improving Spectrum Management for the 21st Century. It provides advice and recommendations to the Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) on a broad range of issues regarding spectrum policy. The group assists in developing and maintaining spectrum management policies that enable the United States to maintain or strengthen its global leadership role in the introduction of communications technology and services.

As many of you know, the demand for spectrum in the wireless industry is only increasing. As networks move to next generation technologies and consumers use higher bandwidth applications, networks need capacity. A primary way of providing capacity is to have more spectrum available for use. However, the effective and efficient management of spectrum across multiple industries, involving numerous organizations and businesses, is a complicated affair. Fortunately for CSMAC, Mark, who is Comsearch’s director of business development, brings 27 years of wireless engineering and spectrum management expertise to the group. His deep knowledge of the engineering, regulatory, and business aspects of spectrum management will provide unique insights. CSMAC’s challenge for 2011 is to assess how best to execute the mandate of the President’s spectrum initiative and specifically the “Plan and Timetable to Make Available 500 Megahertz of Spectrum for Wireless Broadband.” We are sure that Mark’s in-depth industry experience will help it accomplish this goal.

For more information, see NTIA’s press release.


About the Author

Chris Hardy

Chris Hardy is general manager of Comsearch and president of Comsearch Government Solutions LLC. Chris has been involved in many aspects of the commercial and federal government spectrum management arena since 1981 when he first joined the company. He is a past president of the National Spectrum Managers Association (NSMA) and currently holds the honorary title of fellow. Chris was also vice president and served on the board of directors of Shenandoah Transvideo and Shenandoah County Broadcasting Corporation, a cable TV and a broadcast radio station. Chris holds a bachelor of science degree from Old Dominion University.