Published: Aug. 1, 2017
FccThe University of Colorado Boulder is one of only two academic institutions to contribute expertise, testing and refinements to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC's) newly-launched, experimental licensing system for wireless research. The online system, which helps qualified programs and researchers acquire experimental licenses in a matter of days rather than months, is the only one of its kind worldwide and clears the way for more innovative wireless research in the U.S.
 
“The FCC has turned this process on its head,” said Ken Baker, scholar-in-residence with the Interdisciplinary Telecom Program, College of Engineering and Applied Science. “Current licensed users can now see when a qualifying program is seeking access for experiments, and they have 10 days to object or resolve any conflicts. Most important to us, a faculty researcher can now get an experimental license to operate in as little as 10 days rather than the typical six month wait.”
 
Baker, the university’s liaison for this collaboration with the FCC, said wireless research teams can now quickly and efficiently obtain authorization to operate experimental systems in a timeframe matching the traditional academic calendar.