WInnForum Advocacy Agenda

In 2012, The Wireless Innovation Forum initiated a project to identify the major advocacy positions that the Forum will use to collaborate with governments, regulators, standards bodies, and research sponsors acting as the voice of the wireless innovation community. The advocacy agenda will support the Forum’s mission statement of advocating for the innovative utilization of spectrum, and advancing radio technologies that support essential or critical communications.

To create the Advocacy Agenda, the Forum’s Regulatory Committee sought participation from the different stakeholders and leveraged the body of work that has been approved by the Forum’s members that advocate positions to advance wireless innovation in spectrum utilization and radio technologies. The Advocacy Agenda is composed of five focus areas (click on the button for each topic to be taken to a page with more in depth information on that topic; summaries of each item are below as well):

Essential and Critical communications

The Forum advocates for highly available fault tolerant, secure, and extensible system architectures for essential and critical communication. 

The Forum advocates for the use of SDR, CR and DSA as the best way to leverage commercial technologies and standards to meet the needs of Essential and Critical Communication systems.   

The Forum advocates the use of dynamic, situational prioritization of network and spectrum resources to optimize communications to meet the mission needs. 

The Forum advocates for the capability to dynamically access additional spectrum for essential and critical communication users. 

Innovation and Competition

The Forum advocates for government strategic investment of joint research and development between industry and academia; in particular to address industry needs identified in the Wireless Innovation Forum’s ten most wanted innovations list[1]. 

The Forum advocates for the establishment and utilization of real world Spectrum Test Beds and Test Cities to mature and validate Cognitive Radio and Network technologies. 

The Forum advocates government sponsorship and funding be made available to facilitate real world Spectrum test beds and overcome existing barriers to spectrum sharing by adjacent and co-channel incumbent spectrum holders. 

The Forum advocates Test-Bed concept should allow for the progression from testing in a controlled environment to trial deployments in a “real-world” trial environment that more closely aligns with the intended deployment area and target market.   

The Forum advocates the development of Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADA) to support industry and academic participation in development and deployment of Test-Beds.

The Forum advocates for easy access to experimental spectrum licenses for industry and academia. 

The Forum advocates for minimizing regulatory barriers to entry and promotes technological innovation enabling incumbents and entrepreneurs to pursue new business opportunities throughout the wireless value chain.  

The Forum advocates establishment of new, “dynamic” rules authorizing advanced wireless devices and systems to operate across a wide swath of frequency bands on a temporary, cooperative or opportunistic basis depending on the nature and characteristics of the existing authorized systems.



The Forum advocates for dedicated spectrum for Essential and Critical communications. 

The Forum advocates for technology and service neutrality to enable innovative and efficient use of spectrum. 

The Forum advocates a regulatory model that includes combinations of licensed and unlicensed, sharing and hierarchical, cooperative and co-existent domains for the optimal utilization of spectrum. 

The Forum advocates allocating spectrum with licenses adapted towards a spectrum usage rights method that has the minimum necessary technical restrictions to provide adequate protection against harmful interference.

The Forum advocates the unified active management of spectrum (terrestrial / air / space / maritime) to maximize spectrum utilization. 

The Forum advocates the use of receiver characteristics as part of the analysis of spectrum allocations.


The Forum advocates for further research and development of technologies that will improve the utilization of both managed and unmanaged spectrum.   

The Forum strongly supports the use of networked and synchronized databases accessed with device location information. 

The Forum advocates for the use of spectrum sensing technologies to better enable cooperative, opportunistic access and recommends that advances in spectrum sensing technologies not be discounted in future regulatory and system planning.

The Forum advocates the use of spectrum sharing and small cell technologies.

The Forum advocates legacy users augmenting their existing systems, where possible to facilitate cooperative sharing of spectrum. 


The Forum considers harmonized standards to be an important stepping-stone toward the broad deployment of wireless communications worldwide. 

The Forum advocates the use of existing and emerging transmit, receive and interference regulatory standards to facilitate use of Spectrum System Interfaces (SSI) that enable a wide range of spectrum sharing opportunities. 

The Forum believes that the role of receiver parameters in standards and their related consideration in spectrum engineering should receive greater prominence in order to enhance spectrum efficiency and to help maximize value to the economy and society.


The Forum advocates security is considered throughout the design, development and deployment of systems utilized for essential and critical communications. 

The Forum advocates that Regulators' focus on development and application of policies and standards that enable communication systems and platforms to protect all sensitive information and data.

The Forum advocates Regulators adopt a neutral policy on security of Open Source elements because these elements are, a priori, no less secure than proprietary approaches.

The Forum advocates regulators allow Over the Air software reconfiguration of software and radio platform operating parameters. 

Communications Interoperability

The Forum advocates the use of openly developed industry requirements and architectural standards that lead to interoperable products and systems.

The Forum advocates interoperability innovations enabled by software defined and cognitive radio technologies native to end user radio equipment and systems.    

The Forum advocates a “top down” methodology, including the development of use cases, for identifying technology gaps for any wireless technology study.

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