The Spectrum Crunch: Causes and Solutions

In his recent paper, “Is There Really a Spectrum Crisis? Quantifying the Factors Affecting Spectrum License Value,” TPI’s Scott Wallsten found that spectrum auction prices increased from 2007 – 2011, suggesting that demand for wireless services outpaced technological improvements in spectrum usage and increases in spectrum supply. Both the Federal Communications Commission and Congress have made moving spectrum into the market a priority. Are the proposed spectrum auctions and release of spectrum for unlicensed uses enough to ease the “crunch”?

Panelists at “The Spectrum Crunch: Causes and Solutions,” hosted by the Technology Policy Institute, will discuss actions that regulators and Congress could take to ensure spectrum is allocated efficiently and available for future wireless services.

“The Spectrum Crunch: Causes and Solutions” will be held Friday, March 1, 2013 from noon to 2:00pm in Room B338 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Lunch will be served. Questions should be directed to Ashley Creel at [email protected]. Members of the press should contact Amy Smorodin at [email protected].

Coleman Bazelon, Principal, The Brattle Group
William Lehr, Research Associate, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, MIT
Gregory Rosston, Senior Fellow and Deputy Director, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research
Scott Wallsten, Vice President for Research and Senior Fellow, Technology Policy Institute
Lawrence White, Robert Kavesh Professor of Economics, Leonard N. Stern School of Business, New York University
Thomas Lenard (moderator), President and Senior Fellow, Technology Policy Institute

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