National Science Foundation / Federal Communications Commission

Workshop on the Future of Spectrum: Technologies and Policies

May 28-29, 2003
Washington, DC

Recently, a number of themes have converged to cause significant reconsideration of how radio frequency spectrum is managed in the United States and elsewhere. Some of these themes are:

There are many proposed solutions, and partial solutions, to the demands for additional spectrum resources. Some argue a complete market approach; others propose a widely distributed micro-cell based, packet radio system; while others propose a brokered approach. Further, new modulation techniques, such as ultra-wideband and direct sequence spread spectrum, claim new capabilities without harming existing services. Inherent in all of these proposals are assumptions about the flexibility of radios, the capabilities of software, rules under which the solution operates, and who implements the service.

The purpose of this National Science Foundation Workshop on the Future of Spectrum is to elicit these assumptions, determine the state-of-the-art in radio hardware and software technologies, consider spectrum management policy alternatives and report to NSF on possible research directions, problem definition, community needs, necessary experiments, and research methodology.

The workshop will address the following topics:

The result of the workshop will be a report covering the topics considered and suggestions to The National Science Foundation.

Information and Telecommunication Technology Center     
Attendance is by invitation only. Please contact Mari Maeda at NSF,, for information on how to participate.
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