Increasing Spectrum for Broadband: What are the Options?

45 Pages Posted: 17 Feb 2010

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Thomas M. Lenard

Technology Policy Institute

Lawrence J. White

New York University (NYU) - Leonard N. Stern School of Business, Department of Economics

James L. Riso

Technology Policy Institute

Date Written: February 1, 2010

Abstract

The growth of wireless broadband is a bright spot in the U.S. economy, but a shortage of flexibly licensed spectrum rights could put a crimp on this expansion. Freeing up spectrum from other uses would allow greater expansion of wireless broadband and would bring substantial gains - likely in the hundreds of billions of dollars - for U.S. consumers, businesses, and the federal treasury. In this paper we suggest three methods of making more spectrum available for market-based allocation, from both public and private sources.

Keywords: Spectrum, Wireless, Broadband

Suggested Citation

Lenard, Thomas M. and White, Lawrence J. and Riso, James L., Increasing Spectrum for Broadband: What are the Options? (February 1, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1552177 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1552177

Thomas M. Lenard (Contact Author)

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Lawrence J. White

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James L. Riso

Technology Policy Institute ( email )

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