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ITS: The Nation’s Spectrum and Communications Lab

Realizing the full potential of telecommunications to drive a new era of innovation, development, and productivity.

The Institute for Telecommunication Sciences (ITS), located in Boulder, Colorado, is the research and engineering arm of NTIA. The mission of ITS is to ADVANCE innovation in communications technologies, INFORM spectrum and communications policy for the benefit of all stakeholders, and INVESTIGATE our Nation’s most pressing telecommunications challenges through research that employees are proud to deliver.

Current areas of focus include:

  • Research, development, testing, and evaluation leading to engineering solutions that enable spectrum sharing between federal and non-federal, like and unlike services
  • Test and Demonstration Networks to facilitate accelerated development of standards for emerging communications devices
  • Analysis and resolution of interference issues

ITS manages the Advanced Communications Test Site at the Table Mountain Radio Quiet Zone, the only area protected by federal and state law from strong, external electromagnetic signals that is currently available for sensitive radio or electromagnetic experiments. Through interagency agreements, multiple government agencies use the site for research and development, as do industry and academia under Cooperative Research and Development Agreements.

ITS also serves as a principal Federal resource for investigating the telecommunications challenges of other Federal agencies, state and local governments, private corporations and associations, and international organizations. In particular, this includes assisting Federal public safety agencies, the FCC, and agencies that use Federal spectrum.

ITS Director: Rebecca Dorch (Acting)


Institute for Telecommunication Sciences
325 Broadway, MC ITS.D
Boulder, CO 80305–3337
(303) 497–3571