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A dynamic policy license for flexible spectrum management

Martin Saint and Timothy X Brown

Telecommunications Policy, 2019, vol. 43, issue 1, 23-37

Abstract: Electromagnetic spectrum for wireless communications is fully allocated by regulatory authorities, but this does not mean that it is fully utilized. Demand for greater capacity and new services requires new regulatory and technical models for spectrum sharing. This paper develops a regulatory model denoted the dynamic policy license. The dynamic policy license combines the assurances to licensees that come from holding a fixed license while maintaining regulatory flexibility. A dynamic policy license is similar to a traditional spectrum license that specifies a bandwidth, power, center frequency, location, and other parameters. However, one or more of these parameters is subject to change by the regulator over time. The allowed changes are restricted by the license to provide assurances and predictability to the licensee. The opportunities and challenges that this presents to both regulators and licensees is described. For instance, the dynamic policy license can be a regulatory tool for more aggressive spectrum sharing.

Keywords: Telecommunications; License; Policy; Regulation; Cognitive radio; Federal communications commission; FCC; Dynamic; Spectrum (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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