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The Adverse Economic Effects of Spectrum Set-Asides

Canadian Journal of Law & Technology, Vol. 6, pp. 131-140, November 2007

28 Pages Posted: 5 Mar 2009 Last revised: 8 Mar 2009

Robert W. Crandall

Brookings Institution; AEI-Brookings Joint Center for Regulatory Studies

Allan T. Ingraham

Economists Incorporated; affiliation not provided to SSRN

Abstract

In February 2007, Industry Canada released a consultation that outlines its auction design for spectrum for Advanced Wireless Services. As part of its consultation, Industry Canada has contemplated the value of a spectrum set-aside in the AWS auction to facilitate the entry of a new wireless service provider in Canada. In this paper, we show that a set-aside for AWS spectrum in Canada will result in the uneconomic entry that Industry Canada refers to and that there are far more constructive ways than set-aside auctions to promote viable entry into the Canadian wireless industry.

Keywords: spectrum auction, advanced wireless services, Canada, spectrum set-aside, foreign ownership

JEL Classification: L10, L52, D45, D46

Suggested Citation

Crandall, Robert W. and Ingraham, Allan T., The Adverse Economic Effects of Spectrum Set-Asides. Canadian Journal of Law & Technology, Vol. 6, pp. 131-140, November 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=992865

Robert Crandall

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Allan T. Ingraham (Contact Author)

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