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... During this site visit, the panel shall conduct an in depth technical assessment and draft a consensus report addressing the topics requested by the NIST Director in his or her charge to the panel. Subsequent to the site visit, the panel shall finalize the report draft and the NASEM shall conduct any necessary reviews to ensure that the final report is of high quality and is impartial and objective in its assessment of the NIST CTL.
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... CTL's role in communications research and engineering includes key areas such as: spectrum measurement and propagation modeling; applied research on wireless network access technologies; and applied research, testing, and evaluation of newly developed communication technologies. CTL also provides technical support to other federal agencies and the private sector, principally for spectrum measurement and analysis of spectrum sharing and service coexistence.
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... Although the Division's reliance on term employees makes sense given the short timeframe of the funding and it appears to be sufficient to make progress in each of the research areas, the limited growth of PSCR internal expertise is a concern. PSCR is addressing key issues in public safety, and it is likely that the research mission will continue to be of importance beyond the 2022 end date of the appropriated funds from the spectrum auction.
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... to organize a network of test facilities to support spectrum-related testing, modeling, and analysis.6 The work done by the NASCTN program in CTL, covering the broad topic of shared use of federal spectrum by commercial systems, has contributed to several high-value, high-impact spectrum reallocation efforts in the past few years and is positioned to have a continuing role in helping coordinate this very important national resource. Such efforts address coexistence metrics for shared-spectrum environments, test methods for spectrum management methods, and waveform metrology and calibration.
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... The CTL has attained a prominent role in public safety communications, including FirstNet -- the emerging public safety broadband network in the United States. CTL has also recently launched the multi-agency NASCTN, designed to help create a trusted spectrum testing and measurement organization to aid in spectrum sharing efforts.

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