Spectrum Management in the Civil Sector

Course Description

This course is intended to provide information and material for the national civilian telecommunications spectrum manager that will enable the making of logical spectrum related decisions that are well grounded in basic technical procedures. The training will initially provide an explanation of the dichotomy that exists in the United States with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) responsible for civilian sector spectrum management and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) responsible for federal government sector spectrum management.

The course will provide information on: (1) the development of sound civilian telecommunications policy; (2) public sector telecommunications law; (3) national telecommunications rules and regulations; (4) elements and use of radio, television, wireline or fiber-optic carrier, and satellite carrier licensee data bases; (5) criteria for the assignment of frequency authorizations in both national and international communications services; and (6) the general methodology for approval of transmitting and radiating equipment. It will include discussions with telecommunications industry leaders and will provide exposure to state-of-the-art systems in advanced communications technology from those in industry who are involved on a day to day basis.

Participants will receive instruction from FCC staff in Washington, DC and Columbia, MD; and by Comsearch, the course co-sponsor, in communications engineering.  Comsearch has been the pre-eminent global provider of spectrum management and wireless engineering products and services for over forty years. Course time will be divided into classroom work in Washington with both sponsors and a tour of the FCC Laboratory in Columbia, MD., where equipment radiation measurement and authorization work is accomplished. The course will be augmented by site visits to operating commercial telecommunications entities. Current issues confronting common carrier, mass media, and private radio terrestrial and satellite-based telecommunications services will be discussed. Regulatory policy options will be examined, the national process for creating telecommunications rules and regulations will be explained, and the spectrum allocation and assignment process will be examined. In addition, market based spectrum philosophies, such as lotteries and auctions, will be discussed. The application of new and modern technologies (personal communications, cellular, paging, both low-Earth and geostationary mobile-satellite service, advanced and high definition television, digital audio radio, multiple access, satellite coordination, switching, ultra-wide band, etc.) will be included in course presentations. Operation of a national, geographically-dispersed telecommunications regulatory agency, incorporating automated licensing processes, provision of public service, standard-setting, and enforcement techniques will also be discussed.

Learning Objective

Participants will be able to:
  1. understand the appropriate principles of national civilian radio spectrum management systems;
  2. understand the automated station and equipment authorization process;
  3. learn how to deal with the general public for information dissemination and radio interference complaint purposes; and
  4. initiate or review civilian statutory and regulatory policies for new or expanded radio services, and be aware of the latest technology in telecommunications arenas.


Federal Communications Commission and Comsearch


Managerial and technical with a technical emphasis


Washington, DC

Training Dates

April 22 - May 1, 2020


Spectrum Management Sequence