Spectrum Policy Collides with Competition Policy

Richard Bennett March 21, 2012
March 21, 2012

There’s a basic principle here that needs to be foremost in our thinking about spectrum: Consumer welfare is not increased by letting spectrum lie fallow. The U. S. is behind the rest of the world in total terrestrial spectrum available for commercial use because we’ve allocated too much for satellite services and government use. Rather than devising clever arguments against assigning spectrum to the networks that have the most customers, spectrum policy thinkers should turn their efforts to prying spectrum away from these historical allocations that no longer make sense and re-allocating it where we know demand exists.