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Implementing a Market‐Based Spectrum Policy

Arthur De Vany
The Journal of Law & Economics
Vol. 41, No. S2 (October 1998), pp. 627-646
DOI: 10.1086/467406
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/467406
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Abstract

Abstract The spectrum auctions were a step toward the Herzel‐Coase vision of a flexible and efficient market for spectrum. This article examines what remains to be done. Spectrum must be unbundled from broadcast and transmission facilities. The “commoditization” of spectrum will facilitate standardization, price discovery, and open access to diverse users. A liquid secondary spectrum market will lower transactions and entry cost, making telecommunications markets contestable. Auctions should be used to elicit a supply of spectrum from licensees as well as to allocate it to new users. In closing the spectrum commons, Congress granted use to a privileged few. Unbundled spectrum property rights, commoditization, and open markets will give the public access to this public resource.

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