... Cognitive Radio can sense whether a band is being used. If the band is unoccupied it uses it. CR can switch to another band when the primary user recommences transmissions. It can also stay on the channel, altering its power and modulation to avoid interference. ... Daily Wireless link
Cognitive radio hailed as "next big thing" in wireless. Last December, the FCC opened wide what many believe will be the next frontier in wireless communications. In a notice of proposed rule making (NPRM), it asked how cognitive radio could best be implemented. That action brought to the fore founding research by Joseph Mitola, who coined the term cognitive radio (CR), and sparked a flurry of activity among industry and academic wireless systems designers and researchers. ... EETimes link.