Institute for Telecommunication Sciences
the research laboratory of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration

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.

 

August 18, 2020

Presentations from the ISART 2020, the International Symposium on Advanced Radio Technologies: 5G Spectrum and a Zero-Trust Network are now available on the ...

April 2, 2020

The Open, Public, Electronic, and Necessary (OPEN) Government Data Act, signed into law on January 14, 2019, requires federal agencies to publish their information online as open data, using standardized, machine-readable...

May 9, 2019

ITS has a long history of leadership in air-to-ground propagation model development within the International Telecommunications Union – Radiocommunication Sector’s (ITU-R) Study Group 3 – Radiowave Propagation (and its...

March 10, 2019

How can we get more use out of the radio spectrum? One way is by sharing radio bands between users who have never shared before. Consider radio frequencies near 3.5 GHz. Until recently, that part of the spectrum was...

November 26, 2018

Behind every initiative to share spectrum are models of how radio waves in a particular band propagate through different environments. How far will a signal travel before it becomes too faint to be useful or...

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This Month in ITS History

September 1952: NBS Chief Called Before House Un-American Activities Committee

On September 5, 1952 Ed Condon, former chief of the National Bureau of Standards, made his second appearance before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) at the behest of Senator Richard Vail. Condon had made political enemies on the committee with his unapologetic demands for civilian control of atomic energy and his support of international organizations like the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), an organization dedicated to sharing scientific discoveries between the US and USSR. The Committee was especially interested in investigating Truman appointees who were involved with nuclear secrets, and Condon fit the bill perfectly. Condon first appeared before the HUAC in 1948 on charges that he was the "weakest link in our atomic security."  Condon defended himself successfully, without pleading the fifth amendment, which was seen by the committee as as sign of guilt, but despite the support of scientists both within and outside government ranks, Condon was consistently hounded by the HUAC until he resigned his government commission in 1951. He was brought before the committee a second time in September 1952 to defend himself again. Despite his separation from the Bureau, and a second successful defense, his security clearance, which he required for his new job with Corning Glass, was revoked in 1954. Unable to work in industry on military contracts, Condon moved into academia, but his career continued to suffer from attacks by anti-communist crusaders until the mid 1960s. Today, ITS continues to work hard to ensure that  research results are published as they are obtained, in accordance with the Department of Commerce Administrative Order 219-1 prohibiting "approval or non-approval [of publication] to be based on policy, budget, or management implications of the research."