ITS: The Nation’s Spectrum and Communications Lab

Our mission 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. Learn more about ITS on our YouTube Channel or read about our research programs in the Technical Progress Report.


March 21, 2023

ITS electronics engineer Dr. Robert T. Johnk, named a Life Senior Member of the IEEE based on his sustained and lasting contributions to the IEEE EMC Society, was selected as a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE...

February 28, 2023

The ITS Video Quality Research group yesterday hosted virtual meetings of the No-Reference (NR) Metrics (NORM) working group, one of the current...

October 11, 2022

The introduction of Fifth Generation New Radio (5G NR) systems in the US between 3700 and 3980 MHz has raised concerns about electromagnetic compatibility with airborne radar altimeter (radalt) receivers operating between...

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This Month in ITS History

March 1976: ITS Connects to the ARPANET

In 1975, the Federal Telecommunications Standard Committee (FTSC) assigned Lead Agency responsibility to ITS for the development of Federal Standard 1033, “Criteria for Assessing the Performance of Telecommunication Systems Used to Support Federal Information Processing. ITS interfaced its newly acquired host system to the ARPANET in March 1976 and immediately began performance parameter measurements on ARPANET transmissions. Pointing to the rapid growth of digital communications to permit transfer of data between computers, the encryption of voice communications for security reasons, and the growth of specialized networks for business, health care, electronic mes ...

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