The Role of Licence-Exemption in Spectrum Reform

Communications and Strategies, No. 67, p. 85, 3rd Quarter 2007

23 Pages Posted: 31 Jan 2008

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Gary Tonge

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Jean Pierre De Vries

University of Colorado at Boulder Law School - Silicon Flatirons Center

Abstract

Spectrum reform initiatives in the US and Europe have identified a need to move away from the traditional command and control approach towards flexible and tradable licences and licence-exemption. Current regulatory initiatives are tending to focus on the flexible licensing route, and there is a risk that licence-exemption will be sidelined during the important formative years of this major policy transition. This must not happen; licence-exemption supports innovation and entrepreneurship and is an important second leg of a market-based spectrum management regime. A current case in point is the transition in UHF frequency bands from analogue to digital TV, where licence exempt use of resulting gaps in the spectrum could yield enormous benefits for citizens and consumers.

Keywords: spectrum policy, spectrum management, wireless services, deregulation, Telecommunications, regulation, Networks,

JEL Classification: L52

Suggested Citation

Tonge, Gary and De Vries, Jean Pierre, The Role of Licence-Exemption in Spectrum Reform. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1086313

Gary Tonge (Contact Author)

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Jean Pierre De Vries

University of Colorado at Boulder Law School - Silicon Flatirons Center ( email )

1070 Edinboro Drive
Boulder, CO 80309
United States

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