Spectrum License Design, Sharing, and Exclusion Rights

32 Pages Posted: 31 Mar 2015 Last revised: 2 Jul 2017

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William Lehr

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL)

Date Written: August 15, 2015

Abstract

The FCC is in the midst of a rulemaking to create a novel tripartite sharing regime in the 3.5GHz band. This has the potential to be a watershed event in the decades long transition toward more flexible and dynamic, market-based spectrum management. As part of this proceeding, Lehr (2014b) proposed interpreting commercial licenses to protected access as options contracts that explicitly separated the interference protection and exclusion rights as a way to endogenize market-based incentives to share spectrum. This paper builds on Lehr (2014b) by setting forth the larger vision implicit in the earlier proposal and expanding on the case for separating exclusion and interference protection rights. This separation will enable a licensing regime that will support more dynamic and granular assignment of access rights; is more consistent with the future of radio networks and spectrum utilization; and will expand the economic tools available to regulators for incentivizing efficient spectrum usage, which necessarily includes sharing spectrum more intensively.

Keywords: Spectrum, Broadband, Wireless, Regulation

JEL Classification: L09, L96, K23, L04, L51

Suggested Citation

Lehr, William, Spectrum License Design, Sharing, and Exclusion Rights (August 15, 2015). TPRC 43: The 43rd Research Conference on Communication, Information and Internet Policy Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2587877

William Lehr (Contact Author)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) ( email )

Stata Center
Cambridge, MA 02142
United States

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