Competitive v. Top-Down: the TV Band White Space Issue

 Innovation, Technology, and Spectrum Policy, Mini-Conference, Nov. 14, 2006, Thomas W. Hazlett, Professor of Law & Economics, George Mason University School of Law.

Current TV Band Proceeding: Unlicensed use of “white space”, Devices approved by FCC for sharing spectrum without causing “harmful interference” to others, Overlays defining exclusive rights and assigned to owners (presumably via competitive bidding). The FCC Evaluates, Top-Down: comparing bands in the “public interest”, crafting rules specific to each allocation, weighing pleas from interested parties, radio spectrum held hostage, “command and control” reigns, case-by-case stalls deployments. “[W]orld’s leading market showcase for wireless data” “Sydney “has become the world’s leading market showcase for wireless data services,“ says… U.S. technology research Gartner in Australia… [A] reason wireless broadband is taking off here: The government sold off radio spectrum for such services relatively cheaply. Privately held Personal Broadband snapped up its license in 2001 for only about US$7.5 million.” Citation: Wall Street Journal, February 18, 2005. 8 TV channels per market, 67 channels set aside per market.

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