The Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program's member agencies coordinate their NITRD research activities and plans by Program Component Areas (PCAs) or program focus areas. For each PCA, agency representatives meet in an Interagency Working Group (IWG) to exchange information and collaborate on research plans and activities such as testbeds, workshops, and cooperative solicitations.
WSRD Workshop IV
"Promoting Economic Efficiency in Spectrum Use: the economic and policy R&D Agenda"
April 23-24, 2013
MIT, Cambridge, MA
The Wireless Spectrum R&D Senior Steering Group (WSRD SSG) was formed in 2010 in response to the Presidential Memorandum, "Unleashing the Wireless Broadband Revolution". The group was called upon to assist the Secretary of Commerce in the creation and implementation of a plan to facilitate research, development, experimentation, and testing …to explore innovative spectrum‐sharing technologies…” Since that time, the WSRD SSG has conducted a series of workshops to explore what research is currently underway, what type of testing environments need to be made available, and to gather input from the larger research community on establishing research priorities. Earlier workshops focused on the technical research agenda. This fourth workshop will focus on the complementary multidisciplinary economic and policy research necessary to effect improvements in the management and use of spectrum resources.
The goal of this workshop is to identify economic and policy research that will facilitate the commercialization of wireless system technologies, business models, and institutional/policy frameworks that will align incentives and ease roadblocks to promoting progress toward maximizing the economic benefit from our collective use of wireless systems and the radio frequency spectrum on which such systems depend.