De Vries, Gary and De Vries, Pierre (2007): The Role of Licence-Exemption in Spectrum Reform. Published in: Communications & Strategies No. 67 (September 2007): pp. 85-106.
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Spectrum reform initiatives in the US and Europe have identified a need to move away from the traditional command and control approach towards flexible and tradable licences and licence-exemption. Current regulatory initiatives are tending to focus on the flexible licensing route, and there is a risk that licence-exemption will be sidelined during the important formative years of this major policy transition. This must not happen; licence-exemption supports innovation and entrepreneurship and is an important second leg of a market-based spectrum management regime. A current case in point is the transition in UHF frequency bands from analogue to digital TV, where licence exempt use of resulting gaps in the spectrum could yield enormous benefits for citizens and consumers.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||The Role of Licence-Exemption in Spectrum Reform|
|Keywords:||spectrum policy, spectrum management, wireless services, deregulation, Telecommunications, regulation, Networks|
|Subjects:||L - Industrial Organization > L5 - Regulation and Industrial Policy > L52 - Industrial Policy ; Sectoral Planning Methods|
|Depositing User:||Sophie Nigon|
|Date Deposited:||06. Feb 2008 05:50|
|Last Modified:||14. Feb 2013 07:21|
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