The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) have announced plans to establish a national Center for Advanced Communications in Boulder, Colo. The new center will implement a key provision of a memorandum President Obama issued on "Expanding America's Leadership in Wireless Innovation."
The two agencies recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate on the establishment of the center. The MOU states that the center will leverage the "critical mass of NIST and NTIA research and engineering capabilities concentrated in Boulder" to form a "unique national asset," and includes the infrastructure and collaborative environment needed to address a wide range of advanced communications challenges. This joint effort will increase the impact of existing efforts already under way in both agencies.
"Advanced communication technologies drive product development in telecommunications, IT, energy, and many other critical economic sectors. This new center will combine NIST's and NTIA's research and technology support for U.S. industry so that it can rapidly evaluate and exploit exciting new opportunities in the field," said Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and NIST Director Patrick Gallagher.
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