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Spectrum Reallocation and the National Broadband Plan

Jeffrey A. Eisenach

American Enterprise Institute; NERA Economic Consulting

October 28, 2010

Federal Communications Law Journal, Forthcoming

Of the several significant changes in U.S. telecommunications policy proposed by the National Broadband Plan, none are more substantial than its proposals for spectrum policy. In particular, the Plan proposes to reallocate 500 MHz of spectrum from broadcast television, mobile satellite, government and other current uses to "mobile broadband" through the use of innovative "incentive auctions" and other voluntary, market-oriented mechanisms. The Plan’s spectrum proposals have the potential to be a major step forward in the decades-long, bi-partisan effort to replace "command-and-control" spectrum allocation with a more flexible, dynamic and market-oriented approach. Considerable work remains to be done, however, and only time and future developments will tell whether the Plan signals a significant step towards a more market-oriented policy.

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Date posted: October 30, 2010 ; Last revised: December 25, 2013

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Eisenach, Jeffrey A., Spectrum Reallocation and the National Broadband Plan (October 28, 2010). Federal Communications Law Journal, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1699281

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