Toward Automated Enforcement of Radio Interference

20 Pages Posted: 17 Dec 2020 Last revised: 17 Feb 2021

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Pedro Bustamante

University of Pittsburgh - School of Information Sciences, Students

Debarun Das

Independent

J Stephanie Rose

University of Pittsburgh - School of Information Sciences, Students

Marcela Gomez

University of Pittsburgh - School of Information Sciences

Martin B. H. Weiss

University of Pittsburgh - School of Computing and Information

Jung-Min Park

Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University

Taieb Znati

Independent

Date Written: December 16, 2020

Abstract

In many countries, sharing has become a significant approach to problems of spectrum allocation and assignment. As this approach moves from concept to reality, it is reasonable to expect an increase in interference or usage conflict events between sharing parties.

Scholars such as Coase, Demsetz, Stigler, and others have argued that appropriate enforcement is critical to successful contracts (such as spectrum sharing agreements) and Polinsky, Shavell, and others have analyzed enforcement mechanisms in general. While many ex-ante measures may be used, reducing the social costs of ex-ante enforcement means shifting the balance more toward ex-post measures. Ex post enforcement requires detection, data collection, and adjudication methods. At present, these methods are ad hoc (operating in a decentralized way between parties) or fairly costly (e.g., relying on the FCC Enforcement Bureau). The research presented in this paper is the culmination of an NSF-funded inquiry into how and what enforcement functions can be automated.

Keywords: Spectrum sharing, spectrum regulation, spectrum policy, spectrum governance, crowd-sourced applications, FCC, NTIA

JEL Classification: H10

Suggested Citation

Bustamante, Pedro and Das, Debarun and Rose, J Stephanie and Gomez, Marcela and Weiss, Martin B. H. and Park, Jung-Min and Znati, Taieb, Toward Automated Enforcement of Radio Interference (December 16, 2020). TPRC48: The 48th Research Conference on Communication, Information and Internet Policy, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3749751 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3749751

Pedro Bustamante (Contact Author)

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

United States

Debarun Das

Independent ( email )

J Stephanie Rose

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

United States

Marcela Gomez

University of Pittsburgh - School of Information Sciences ( email )

United States

Martin B. H. Weiss

University of Pittsburgh - School of Computing and Information ( email )

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Pittsburgh, PA 15260
United States

Jung-Min Park

Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University ( email )

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Blacksburg, VA 24061
United States

Taieb Znati

Independent ( email )

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