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NTIA Celebrates Vital Role of Digital Inclusion Programs

Mon, 08 May 2017 17:55:01 +0000

This week, NTIA is joining communities, organizations and broadband advocates in recognizing Digital Inclusion Week and the important work being done by digital inclusion programs across the country.

The concept of digital inclusion goes beyond ensuring that everyone in the United States has access to the Internet -- it reflects the understanding that people require robust broadband connections, connected devices that meet their needs, and the skills to explore, create, and collaborate in the digital world.

Community leaders, universities, libraries, nonprofit groups and others are working together on digital inclusion programs that connect citizens and inform them about the tremendous number of economic, educational and entertainment benefits that computer use can provide. There are endless examples of these kinds of programs, including "learn to code" classes, workforce skills programs, and training for seniors so they can seek out health information online.

NTIA's BroadbandUSA program offers guidance, assistance and resources to help build the capacity of digital inclusion programs. A few highlights:

WRC-19 Contacts and Meeting Dates

Mon, 08 May 2017 18:39:45 +0000

May 08, 2017

You may address questions about WRC activities to any of the persons listed below.

Mr. Charles Glass
Chairman of the RCS
Department of Commerce, NTIA
Herbert C. Hoover Building, Room 4090
14th & Constitution Avenue, N.W.
Washington DC 20230
Phone: 202-482-1896
Fax: 202-501-8189

Spectrum Efficiency Subcommittee Report 05/04/2017

Thu, 04 May 2017 17:20:34 +0000

May 04, 2017

Enforcement Subcommittee Report 05/04/2017

Mon, 01 May 2017 17:37:48 +0000

May 01, 2017

5G Subcommittee Report 05/04/2017

Mon, 01 May 2017 17:41:26 +0000

May 01, 2017

ITS Releases Key Software Model to Boost Collaborative Spectrum-Sharing Research

Mon, 01 May 2017 17:09:48 +0000


Evolving and improving the science behind spectrum sharing is essential to NTIA's commitment to delivering the spectrum needed to support innovation, power next-generation technologies and ensure that federal agencies can execute their spectrum-dependent missions.

Understanding the characteristics of radio waves, especially how far they propagate and how they interact with structures and the environment, is important in planning and operating wireless systems. Any agreement to share spectrum bands will require reliable predictions of how that spectrum will perform in the real world.

The Institute for Telecommunication Sciences (ITS) recently took a major step toward a more collaborative approach to research in this area by publicly releasing an advanced software model for radio wave propagation in urban environments. This software can be used by consumers, engineers, scientists and others to explore the behavior of radio waves interacting with buildings, trees, and other environmental features.

ITS released the software to the public by publishing source code on GitHub, an online platform for open-source code. Posting to GitHub will allow researchers to use and modify the code as they wish, as well as collaborate with other researchers and avoid duplicating efforts. ITS hopes that making its source code freely available can advance development of widely accepted propagation models.

Multistakeholder Process; Internet of Things (IoT) Security Upgradability and Patching

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 20:30:34 +0000

April 26, 2017

Upcoming Meetings

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Past Meetings

April 26, 2017