Spectrum News

All news mentions of IEP research on spectrum allocation, including Op-eds on the topic written by IEP scholars.

Spectrum News

The Hill: Patients dying because of FDA inflexibility

The Hill: Patients dying because of FDA inflexibility

Patients dying because of FDA inflexibility By Thomas W. Hazlett - 05/25/16 05:08 PM EDT via The Hill   On May 26, the Food and Drug Administration will decide whether to approve eteplirsen, a therapy for Duchenne multiple dystrophy (DMD), on a fast-track basis. The drug, made by Sarepta Therapeutics, is the first for this br[...]
Data-Driven Modernization of E-rate for Wi-Fi in Schools

Data-Driven Modernization of E-rate for Wi-Fi in Schools

By: Sarah Oh Around the time of the modernization order of the E-rate program in 2014, I published an empirical study[1] on distribution effects of program rules between 1998 and 2012.  I found that the old rules, particularly the discount rate matrix, had distribution effects that perhaps needed reform.  Since the Universal Service Administrati[...]
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What principles of governance does spectrum policy need?

What lessons can be learned for spectrum policy from the management of other natural resources? Here, an expert on resource management says good governance depends on a transparent, rules-based approach that will minimise regulatory uncertainty. This stability is key to encouraging the necessary investment in networks. Read the full research her[...]
IEP Conference on Spectrum Auctions Covered in TR Daily

IEP Conference on Spectrum Auctions Covered in TR Daily

The IEP conference from April 25th, Spectrum After Incentive Auctions, was covered in TR Daily by Paul Kirby. The entire text of the article appears below: EXPERTS DEBATE WAYS TO IMPROVE GOVERNMENT SPECTRUM MANAGEMENT TRDaily - April 25, 2014 Experts today debated ways the federal government could improve its management of spectrum, including pr[...]
Skorup and Thierer's Research on Cronyism Cited by Washington Post, SFChronicle, Businessweek, and The Daily Caller

Skorup and Thierer's Research on Cronyism Cited by Washington Post, SFChronicle, Businessweek, and The Daily Caller

A recent working paper recently released by the IEP's Brent Skorup and the Mercatus Center's Adam Thierer has generated considerable media attention.The Washington Post's "Wonkblog," the Daily Caller, the San Francisco Chronicle and the weekly newsmagazine Businessweek have all cited Skorup and Thierer's paper, "A History of Cronyism and Capture in[...]
Skorup Op-ed on Spectrum Crisis Appears in The Hill

Skorup Op-ed on Spectrum Crisis Appears in The Hill

IEP's Brent Skorup recently had an op-ed piece published by the leading political newspaper The Hill. In the op-ed, entitled "The Spectrum Crisis is Upon Us," Skorup identifies the excessive allocation of spectrum to federal government agencies, where such spectrum has been not used efficiently, as contributing to the current "spectrum crunch." Sko[...]
Skorup Discusses Spectrum Issues in Heartland Institute Podcast

Skorup Discusses Spectrum Issues in Heartland Institute Podcast

The IEP's Brent Skorup recently sat down with the Heartland Institute's Jim Lakely to discuss the diminishing availability of spectrum in mobile broadband networks. Skorup recently published a paper on the topic in which he argues that the federal government must sell spectrum to private mobile broadband providers in order to alleviate the "spectru[...]
Hedy's Folly: Research on Spread Spectrum, Michael Marcus

Hedy's Folly: Research on Spread Spectrum, Michael Marcus

Richard Rhodes's Hedy's Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, The Most Beautiful Woman in the World, describes the invention of spread-spectrum radio by "legendary film siren Hedy Lamarr, [and] avant-garde composer George Antheil." The author cites an article by Michael Marcus presented at the Information Economy Project's [...]
Forbes: What Do The Titanic And Your Smartphone Have In Common?, Adam Thierer

Forbes: What Do The Titanic And Your Smartphone Have In Common?, Adam Thierer

By Adam Thierer, Forbes Contributor, What do the Titanic and your smartphone have in common? ... Thus, government ownership and control of spectrum exacerbates, rather than solves, the scarcity problem — a problem that still haunts us today.  Sadly, things didn’t need to turn out this way. As economist Thomas W. Hazlett pointed out in his important[...]
New York Times: The Buried Treasure in Your TV Dial, Paring the Deficit, by Selling Part of the Radio Spectrum

New York Times: The Buried Treasure in Your TV Dial, Paring the Deficit, by Selling Part of the Radio Spectrum

Richard Thaler, Economic View, Here's a list of national domestic priorities, in no particular order: Stimulate the economy, improve health care, offer fast Internet connections to all of our schools, foster development of advanced technology. Oh, and let’s not forget, we’d better do something about the budget deficit. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/0[...]
Miami Herald: Broadcast Television's Switch to Digital is Finally Here

Miami Herald: Broadcast Television's Switch to Digital is Finally Here

TV's switch to digital is finally here, The Miami Herald, June 10, 2009. by Glenn Garvin. Excerpt: "The changeover to digital from the analog system used since the invention of TV in the 1920s has been anything but abrupt. The government began studying the change in 1987, OK'd it 10 years later and ordered TV manufacturers to make every new set dig[...]