NTIA, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the federal agencies, established a Spectrum Sharing Innovation Test-Bed (Test-Bed) pilot program in 2009 to examine the feasibility of increased sharing between federal and non-federal users. This pilot program provides an opportunity for the federal agencies to work cooperatively with industry, researchers, and academia to examine objectively new technologies that can improve management of the nation’s airwaves. The Test-Bed pilot program will also develop and prove a testing methodology for systems employing DSA sharing techniques. Prior to the Test-Bed pilot program, no such methods existed to test the impact of DSA devices on incumbent systems. The Test-Bed pilot program is developing the specialized measurement techniques needed for DSA devices. These measurement techniques will be critical to the evaluation of new sharing technologies.
This progress report describes the activities related to the Test-Bed pilot program undertaken during Fiscal Year 2012.