Spectrum Sharing in the Shadow of Uncertainty: Risk, Incentives and Investment

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The National Broadband Plan has identified efficient allocation and management of spectrum
assets as a major component for providing universal broadband access. At the same time
numerous media outlets have warned of an impending “spectrum crunch”: predictions
that the growth in wireless data traffic will outstrip the capacity of wireless networks that carry
this traffic. Much of the wireless spectrum that could be used to meet these demands is used only
sporadically and often in only isolated geographic regions. However, the high cost of relocating
many of these services, in particular those used by federal agencies, has created much interest in
facilitating secondary sharing of spectrum with incumbent users. Indeed, sharing is a central theme
of the 2012 Presidential Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) report, which
recommended that up to 1000MHz of federal spectrum be shared with commercial users. The FCC
has been developing rules to promote sharing including the 2010 rules for the TV white spaces as
well as the proposed rules for small cells in the 3.5Ghz band.
Effective start/end date9/1/138/31/19


  • National Science Foundation (AST-1343381)


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