Program Participant

Name:J. Stephanie Rose
TitleCompany:Ph.D. Student, University of Pittsburgh
Bio:Rose is a third year PhD Student with the School of Computing and Information at the University of Pittsburgh. Currently, her research is focused on automated spectrum enforcement - from a regulatory authority perspective. In order to begin conceptualizing an automated enforcement structure, she extracted records from the Federal Communications Commission's Enforcement Bureau and focused on spectrum violations to determine what types of violations are prevalent (e.g. interference from pirate radio, expired licensee, etc.) and how the FCC EB adjudicates them. The goal of Rose’s research is to design an automated system that would best encapsulate policy/ regulator needs and requirements for fair and consistent enforcement of radio spectrum. The expected outcomes of this work are to develop a more consistent and cohesive approach to regulating violations – specifically radio spectrum, as our society continues to navigate constant emerging technologies that rely/will rely on access to current electromagnetic spectrum resources.
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Spectrum scarcity has been the foundation of several arguments as to why innovative spectrum management initiatives are needed. Subsequently, the resolutions for spectrum management in an attempt to circumvent “scarcity” has pointedly been centralized towards optimizing spectrum allocation. By approaching spectrum management in this linear manner, efforts to alleviate spectrum management issues at the regulatory authority level have been limited if not non-existent. Whilst focusing on spectrum allocation as an ex-ante enforcement measure – which typically encompasses actions such as Spectrum Access Systems, the infrastructure and legal framework of this enforcement are often overlooked. There has been much discussion regarding whether it is best to take an ex ante or ex post approach to spectrum regulation and subsequent enforcement. However, we rarely delve into the in eventus (during an event) actions that would need to be implemented to ensure spectrum infractions aren't falling by the wayside. But how can we best accomplish this? Additionally, how are regulatory authorities supposed to maintain oversight of automated enforcement structures for incumbents, radio frequency interference, and/or schemes promoted for shared spectrum environments when the regulators do not have an automated enforcement structure capable of interfacing with those types of innovations? This research focuses on designing an automated enforcement scheme that strives to find a solution to implement a more in eventus enforcement framework for spectrum sharing at the regulatory authority level.