A Collaborative Enforcement Mechanism for Spectrum Sharing Using Blockchain and Smart Contracts: An Application for the 1695-1710MHz Band

15 Pages Posted: 7 Aug 2019

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Pedro Bustamante

University of Pittsburgh - School of Information Sciences, Students

Marcela Gomez

University of Pittsburgh - School of Information Sciences

Martin B. H. Weiss

Taieb Znati

Independent

Debarun Das

Independent

J Stephanie Rose

University of Pittsburgh - School of Information Sciences, Students

Date Written: July 26, 2019

Abstract

Traditionally, spectrum allocation has been governed by centralized schemes (e.g., command-and-control). Nonetheless, other mechanisms, such as collaborative enforcement, have proven to be successful in a variety of scenarios. In Collaborative enforcement (i.e., collective action), the stakeholders agree on decision-making arrangements (i.e., access, allocation and control of the resources) while being involved in monitoring the adherence to the rules as a shared effort.

Blockchain is a distributed ledger of records/transactions (i.e., database) that brings many benefits such as decentralization, transparency, immutability, etc. One of the most notable characteristics of blockchain-based platforms is their definition as trustless environments, as there is no central entity in charge of controlling the network interactions. Instead, trust is a group effort, achieved through repeated interactions, consensus algorithms, and cryptographic tools; therefore, converting blockchain systems into prominent examples of collaborative governance regimes.

In this paper, our goal is to analyze a particular application of blockchain and smart contracts for the 1695-1710MHz sharing scenario. In this way, we provide a theoretical analysis of the feasibility and the required characteristics to implement such a system. In addition, through the implementation of a Proof of Concept, we evaluate how the implementation of a blockchain-based organization can be the motor to build a collaborative governance scheme in the spectrum sharing arrangement of the 1695-1710MHz band.

Keywords: Spectrum Sharing, FCC, NTIA, Enforcement, Governance, CPRs, Blockchain, Smart Contracts, Ethereum, Hyperledger Fabric

Suggested Citation

Bustamante, Pedro and Gomez, Marcela and Weiss, Martin B. H. and Znati, Taieb and Das, Debarun and Rose, J Stephanie, A Collaborative Enforcement Mechanism for Spectrum Sharing Using Blockchain and Smart Contracts: An Application for the 1695-1710MHz Band (July 26, 2019). TPRC 2019. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3427469

Pedro Bustamante (Contact Author)

University of Pittsburgh - School of Information Sciences, Students ( email )

United States

Marcela Gomez

University of Pittsburgh - School of Information Sciences ( email )

United States

Taieb Znati

Independent ( email )

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Debarun Das

Independent ( email )

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J Stephanie Rose

University of Pittsburgh - School of Information Sciences, Students ( email )

United States

No contact information is available for Martin B. H. Weiss

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