[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 58 (Tuesday, March 26, 2013)]
[Page 18374]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-06780]



Promoting Economic Efficiency in Spectrum Use: WSRD SSG Workshop 

AGENCY: The National Coordination Office (NCO) for Networking and 
Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD).

ACTION: Notice.


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Wendy Wigen at 703-292-4873 or 
[email protected]. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for 
the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 
1-800-877-8339 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Eastern time, Monday through 

DATES: April 23-24, 2013.
SUMMARY: Representatives from Federal research agencies, private 
industry, and academia will identify economic and policy R&D that will 
promote progress toward more efficient spectrum utilization and 

    Overview: This notice is issued by the National Coordination Office 
for the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development 
(NITRD) Program. Agencies of the NITRD Program are holding the fourth 
in a series of workshops to bring together experts from private 
industry and academia to help identify economic and policy research 
that will accelerate the progress toward more efficient spectrum 
utilization and sharing. The workshop will take place on April 23-24, 
from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET (both days), at the MIT Patil Conference 
Room/Kiva, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge, MA 02139. This event will be 
webcast. The event agenda and information about the webcast will be 
available the week of the event at: http://www.nitrd.gov/Subcommittee/wirelessspectrumrd.aspx.
    Background: The Presidential Memorandum on Unleashing the Wireless 
Broadband Revolution, released on June 28, 2010, directed the federal 
agencies to work together and with the non-federal community, including 
the academic, commercial, and public safety sectors, to create and 
implement a plan that ``facilitates research, development, 
experimentation, and testing by researchers to explore innovative 
spectrum-sharing technologies.''
    The WSRD has held three workshops that addressed the challenge 
defined in that Presidential Memorandum. During WSRD's first Workshop 
held at Boulder, CO, in July, 2011, the participants indicated that a 
national-level testing environment is critical for validating spectrum 
sharing technology under realistic conditions; they also emphasized the 
value of a spectrum sharing testing environment for a diversity of 
users. At a second workshop, held in Berkeley, CA, in January, 2012, 
key concepts and criteria were established for spectrum sharing test 
and evaluation capabilities. The third workshop, held in Boulder, CO. 
in July 2012, identified realistic projects whose implementation will 
significantly support the plan to meet the Presidential Memorandum's 
goals. This fourth workshop will gather diverse, knowledgeable, and 
forward thinking stakeholders to advise us on the important next step, 
the economic and policy research that is needed to promote an efficient 
and shared spectrum environment.
    Submitted by the National Science Foundation for the National 
Coordination Office (NCO) for Networking and Information Technology 
Research and Development (NITRD) on March 20, 2013.

Suzanne H. Plimpton,
Reports Clearance Officer, National Science Foundation.
[FR Doc. 2013-06780 Filed 3-25-13; 8:45 am]