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The Spectrum as Commons: Digital Wireless Technologies and the Radio Administration

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Type: Working Paper
Author: Ikeda, Nobuo
Date: 2002
Agency: Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI), Tokyo
Series: RIETI Discussion Paper Series 02-E-002
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/6435
Sector: New Commons
Subject(s): communication
electromagnetic spectrum
radio spectrum
information technology
Abstract: "The shortage of radio spectrum is the major roadblock to the development of wireless communications. This problem is usually attributed to the scarcity of spectrum, but in fact it is due to the inefficiency of spectrum management through government licensing. To improve the situation, spectrum auctions were held, with mixed results. Now such fragmentation of spectrum is harmful, because wireless LAN technologies that share a wide band enabled much more efficient communications than cellular telephones. Therefore it is better to open the spectrum as commons, instead of dividing it into narrow bands. Here I will propose new mechanism spectrum buyouts by which governments buy back spectrum from incumbents and then open it without license."

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