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Like Deck Chairs on the Titanic: Why Spectrum Reallocation Won’t Avert the Coming Data Crunch but Technology Might Keep the Wireless Industry Afloat


Brian J. Love


Santa Clara University School of Law

David J. Love


Purdue University - School of Electrical and Computer Engineering

James V. Krogmeier


School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University

February 4, 2012

Washington University Law Review, Vol. 89, p. 705, 2012

Abstract:     
Skyrocketing mobile data demands caused by increasing adoption of smartphones, tablet computers, and broadband-equipped laptops will soon swamp the capacity of our nation’s wireless networks, a fact that promises to stagnate a $1 trillion slice on the nation’s economy. Among scholars and policymakers studying this looming “spectrum crisis,” consensus is developing that regulators must swiftly reclaim spectrum licensed to other industries and reallocate those rights to wireless providers. In this interdisciplinary piece, we explain in succinct terms why this consensus is wrong. With data demands increasing at an exponential rate, spectrum reallocation plans that promise only linear growth are destined to fail. What regulators should focus on, instead, are policies that encourage the sluggish incumbents presently dominating the wireless industry to roll out new networking technologies (like tiered network architectures, cognitive radio, and multicell MIMO) that could allow exponential increases in spectral efficiency.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 15

Keywords: telecommunications, spectrum crunch, spectrum crisis, spectrum famine, spectrum policy, National Broadband Plan, AT&T, Verizon

JEL Classification: K23, L13, L96

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Date posted: August 24, 2011 ; Last revised: January 3, 2013

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Love, Brian J. and Love, David J. and Krogmeier, James V., Like Deck Chairs on the Titanic: Why Spectrum Reallocation Won’t Avert the Coming Data Crunch but Technology Might Keep the Wireless Industry Afloat (February 4, 2012). Washington University Law Review, Vol. 89, p. 705, 2012. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1914058

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Brian J. Love (Contact Author)
Santa Clara University School of Law ( email )
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053
United States
David J. Love
Purdue University - School of Electrical and Computer Engineering ( email )
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN 47907
United States
James V. Krogmeier
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University ( email )
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN 47907
United States
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