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Analysis of the Experimental Licenses of the Federal Communication Commission

Bustamante, Pedro and Weiss, Martin B.H. and Sicker, Douglas (2017) Analysis of the Experimental Licenses of the Federal Communication Commission. In: IEEE International Symposium on Dynamic Spectrum Access Networks, 6-9 March 2019, Baltimore.

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Experimental licenses have been awarded by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for more than thirty years as a means to promote research and innovation. Indeed, in the past 30 years (since 1987) more than 20,000 licenses have been granted under the Experimental Radio Service (ERS) of the FCC. In this work, we present a comprehensive analysis of the details pertaining to the assignment of these licenses during the past ten years (2007-20016).

For this purpose, utilizing publicly available information in the website of the Office of Engineering and Technology of the FCC, we have built a single repository (database) for all the technical and non-technical details of these licenses. This has permitted us to differentiate among the existing types of Experimental Licenses and, subsequently, analyze the multiple details of these licenses. We pay particular attention to the evolution, over time, of various parameters such as number and duration of licenses, frequency of assignment, processing times, operational parameters (mainly authorized frequencies and transmission power levels), purpose of operation, among others.

The proposed poster summarizes the methods and findings of our work. We include a brief introduction to the research framework that was implemented. We expose the main characteristics of the conventional experimental licenses and the Special Temporary Authorizations (STAs) in addition to the main results regarding the general processing time for any type of license.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Bustamante, Pedropjb63@pitt.edupjb63
Weiss, Martin B.H.mbw@pitt.eduMBW
Sicker, Douglas
Date: 8 March 2017
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: IEEE International Symposium on Dynamic Spectrum Access Networks
Publisher: IEEE
Event Title: IEEE International Symposium on Dynamic Spectrum Access Networks
Event Dates: 6-9 March 2019
Event Type: Conference
Schools and Programs: School of Computing and Information > Telecommunications
Refereed: Yes
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Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2018 14:54
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2018 14:54


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