Washington, DC – On March 24th, The Hamilton Project at Brookings hosted a forum on ways to promote the economic efficiency of wireless spectrum in the United States.
The forum began with welcoming remarks by Hamilton Project co-founder Roger Altman, and framing remarks by Hamilton Project director Melissa Kearney highlighting a new policy memo on the economic promise of wireless spectrum.
A roundtable panel of experts discussed a new policy proposal by Pierre de Vries, Co-Director of the Spectrum Policy Initiative at the Silicon Flatirons Center, and Phil J. Weiser, Dean of the University of Colorado Law School, describing the importance of moving toward a more economically efficient system for managing the use of wireless spectrum. Industry experts joined the roundtable discussion, including Dean Brenner, Senior Vice President, Qualcomm; Joan Marsh, Vice President for Federal Regulatory Affairs, AT&T; and Preston Marshall, Wireless Networking, Google. Blair Levin, Communications & Society Fellow, the Aspen Institute, moderated the discussion.
The forum concluded with keynote remarks by Federal Communications Chairman Thomas Wheeler. In his remarks, Wheeler discussed efforts to implement previous work by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science & Technology (PCAST) on enhanced spectrum sharing: “Very soon I will circulate to my fellow Commissioners detailed proposed rules designed to make the PCAST vision a reality.”
“Very soon I will circulate to my fellow Commissioners detailed proposed rules designed to make the PCAST vision a reality.”
“First, the proposal would include three tiers of prioritization: federal and nonfederal incumbents, priority access licensees, and general authorized access users. The three-tiered construct was a key aspect of the PCAST report, and is necessary to realizing the full potential of spectrum sharing.”
“Second, it would include a single, highly flexible band plan, avoiding the analog trap of Balkanizing spectrum into sub-bands, each with its own set of rules.”
“Third, the proposal would anticipate a wide range of flexible uses. Small cells will undoubtedly be a core use case, but we would not limit the band to such use.”
Wheeler also noted that the proposal would reflect “economic incentives,” setting up a flexible auction and licensing scheme that “leverages the technical capabilities of a Spectrum Access System database.”
Additional information on the event can be found here, including photos and the full transcript.
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