The modern telecommunications infrastructure—made possible by research performed over the last several decades—is an essential element of the U.S. economy. The U.S. position as a leader in telecommunications technology, however, is at risk because of the recent decline in domestic support of long-term, fundamental telecommunications research. To help understand this challenge, the National Science Foundation asked the NRC to assess the state of telecommunications research in the United States and recommend ways to halt the research decline. This report provides an examination of telecommunications research support levels, focus, and time horizon in industry, an assessment of university telecommunications research, and the implications of these findings on the health of the sector. Finally, it presents recommendations for enhancing U.S. telecommunications’ research efforts.
Table of Contents
|1 The Importance of Telecommunications and Telecommunications Research||4-12|
|2 The Evolution of the U.S. Telecommunications Industry and Effects on Research||13-31|
|3 The Case for Renewed Investment in Telecommunications Research||32-44|
|4 Mechanisms and Best Practices for Renewing Telecommunications Research||45-56|
|Chapter 5: Findings and Recommendations||57-68|
|Appendix A Biographies of Committee Members and Staff||69-79|
|Appendix B List of Individuals Who Made Presentations to the Committee||80-81|
|What Is CSTB?||82-82|
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