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DySPAN 2014 Spectrum Policy Tutorial


Your blogger will be presenting a tutorial on “A Hands-on Approach to Spectrum Regulation for Innovative Wireless Engineers” at the IEEE Dynamic Spectrum Access Networks Conference (DySPAN2014) in McLean, VA on Tuesday April 1, 2014 at 1:30 - 5 PM alongside Mr. Nelson Pollack, the former Air Force member of IRAC who has much experience in federal spectrum management issues as well as ITU matters.

Here is the summary:

National and international spectrum policy issues are key factors in the practical implementation of innovative wireless technology as spectrum access is highly regulated in all countries. This course, taught by two long time experts in spectrum policy, will review what an engineer working on cutting edge issues needs to know about what is permitted, what may be permitted, and working to push the boundaries of spectrum policy to enable new technology. The focus will be on international spectrum policy and US national policy for both private sector use and federal government use.

Registration information is here.

Hope to see you there!


Spectrum Policy Issues in Wireless Education Programs

The April issue of IEEE Wireless Communications has an article by your blogger on how spectrum policy issues should be included in wireless education programs. Here is a quote from the introduction:

Spectrum policy issues can have a major impact on the practical aspects of which wireless technologies move from the pages of IEEE journal articles to operational systems. Just because technology “X” can be physically built to operate in frequency band “Y” does not mean that it can be practical in non-experimental use or within the professional career lives of those developing it. In all countries, for better or for worse , spectrum use is probably the most highly regulated technology of all the technologies within the IEEE community . Wireless regulations can have just as large an impact on system design as Maxwell’s Equations — although wireless regulations can be changed over time and Maxwellian constraints are more binding. Exposing wireless technology students to these issues is thus a valid goal in undergraduate and graduate programs in the wireless area.

The article reviews options for including spectrum policy issues in wireless education either as supplementary material in mainstream courses or as a stand alone course. Recently your blogger was invited to the University of Notre Dame’s Wireless Institute to explore this topic.

For the next month or two the article is available at the IEEE Wireless Communications website, after that it will be available on the IEEE Xplore site for a fee if you are not a subscriber.


Spectrum Training in May


With my colleagues at the Radio Spectrum Institute, we are presenting a 1 day course on May 14, 2012 entitled “
Spectrum Management Boot Camp” in Arlington, VA. Tuition is $650 (early registration, multi-attendee, and combined Boot Camp/NSMA Conference discounts available).

Spectrum Management Boot Camp combines six Radio Spectrum Institute classes into a complete practical introduction to international and U.S. spectrum management. The emphasis is on the key regulatory aspects that impact the use of the radio spectrum to meet industry or government mission requirements. Important technical considerations are simplified and explained. Spectrum Management Boot Camp is targeted at professionals who must quickly come up to speed on the diverse requirements of modern spectrum management, or current wireless professionals who desire a broader understanding of the radio spectrum management landscape.

If you and your colleagues would like an opportunity to learn more about the basics of spectrum management from a groups of experts with experience in FCC, NTIA, and the private sector, signup and we’ll be glad to help you.