Title: The Technical Basis for Spectrum Rights: Policies to Enhance Market Efficiency

Presenters: Adele Morris, Brookings Institute, USA; Robert Matheson, NTIA-ITS Boulder Labs (retired), USA

Abstract: The inefficiencies inherent in the traditional command-and-control spectrum regulatory system are increasingly costly as demand for spectrum-dependent services explodes. This paper describes a conceptual framework to articulate clear rights of access to spectrum in a way that fosters a market-based allocation of the resource. It also offers simple rules that reasonably account for imperfect receivers and challenging physical properties of radio waves.