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ECEn 391 Fall Semester 2013


Contemporary Issues and Life-Long Learning (Combined)

The National Broadband Plan outlines the allocation of additional spectrum for "broadband wireless" applications. Write a 2 page report (single-spaced, 1-inch margins, 12-point font) summarizing the National Broadband Plan. Because of the government shutdown, the FCC website is down. Therefore, the PDF files for the Broadband Plan are linked below. Your report should answer the following questions:
  1. How much additional spectrum does the government want to allocate to broadband wireless?
  2. Where is this spectrum going to come from?
  3. Why is reallocating spectrum hard?
  4. What is the new spectrum going to be used for?
  5. If it were up to you, what new services/capabilities for mobile phones and smart devices would be added?
To meet the life-long learning requirement, your report should cite at least 3 different sources (web citations are OK).

Broadband Plan

Table of Contents
Executive Summary
Chapter 1 - Introduction
Chapter 2 - Goals for America
Chapter 3 - Current State
Part I - Innovation and Investment
Chapter 4 - Competition and Innovation
Chapter 5 - Spectrum
Chapter 6 - Infrastructure
Chapter 7 - R & D
Part II - Inclusion
Chapter 8 - Availability
Chapter 9 - Adoption
Part III - National Purposes
Chapter 10 - Health Care
Chapter 11 - Education
Chapter 12 - Environment
Chapter 13 - Economic Opportunity
Chapter 14 - Government Performance
Chapter 15 - Civic Engagement
Chapter 16 - Public Safety
Chapter 17 - Implementation

Professional Ethics

Write a 2 page report (single-spaced, 1-inch margins, 12-point font) on the IEEE Code of Ethics. Your report should answer the following questions:
  1. List the IEEE Code of Ethics
  2. What is the relationship between your religious commitments and the IEEE Code of Ethics? In other words, how does your covenant to live the gospel prepare you to commit to the "highest ethical and professional conduct"? (If you do not feel there is a relationship between the gospel and the IEEE Code of Ethics, explain why you think this is so. In this case, what does the absence of a relationship teach you?)
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