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Spectrum Management Policy in the United States: An Historical Account

John Robinson.  

OSP Working Paper 15 (April 1985) considers the results of spectrum management through administrative regulation by the federal government as they have manifested themselves in the land mobile sector.  While the analysis is largely descriptive, Robinson argues that it has important prescriptive implications because the revealed disabilities of spectrum allocation under the current method of governance are likely to become increasingly severe in an operating environment characterized by ever more rapid advances in technical capabilities and expanding consumer expectations with attendant economic penalties. 

Robinson also argues that improvements in our understanding of radio transmission and our ability to measure spectrum outputs make reliance upon market allocation mechanisms more feasible.  He therefore concludes that a high priority should be placed on finding ways to substitute market forces for regulatory methods of a spectrum resource allocation.

Issued: April 1985
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