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Media Advisory 13-015

Reducing interference, maximizing efficiency

NSF-funded PIs to discuss radio spectrum research

Cell antennas

EARS program to hold a principal investigators' workshop Oct. 7-8.

September 30, 2013

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The rapid proliferation of smartphones and the resulting demand for mobile broadband access has driven demand for radio frequency spectrum to new heights. At the same time, the growth in new wireless technologies for radar, public safety, national defense, unmanned aeronautical vehicles, satellites and a large number of other critical applications has contributed to shortages in radio frequencies to accommodate the increase in demand.

In 2012, the National Science Foundation (NSF) created a targeted program to invest in academic and small business research that can improve the efficiency with which the radio spectrum is used and improve access to the radio spectrum for traditionally underserved populations, opening new opportunities for innovative and efficient use of the airwaves. The program, called Enhancing Access to the Radio Spectrum, or EARS, partly responds to the Federal Communications Commission's National Broadband Plan and the 2010 Presidential Memorandum on "Unleashing the Wireless Broadband Revolution."

What: The EARS program will hold a principal investigators' workshop to celebrate its first anniversary with researchers who will explain the motivation, expected outcomes and early results of the first wave of research funded through the EARS program.

When: Oct. 7-8, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where: NSF headquarters, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Va., 22230. Workshop will be held in Room 375, and research posters will be displayed in the NSF Atrium. Space is limited, and registration is required to obtain building passes for participants.

Media are invited to attend either or both days of the workshop. Any members of the media planning to attend should contact Ivy Kupec at


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