Lessons Learned from Spectrum Auctions Apr 23, 2014

The Information Economy Project at Clemson University and George Mason University School of Law will host a conference "Spectrum Beyond ‘Incentive Auctions’".

The conference will be held at The National Press Club, Holeman Lounge, Washington D.C. Friday, April 25, 2014: 8:30 to 11:00 AM ET

The conference is organized by Thomas Hazlett, Director of the Information Economy Project at Clemson University and the George Mason University School of Law

In March 2010, the F.C.C. released the National Broadband Plan, which focused on a policy imperative: allowing mobile markets more access to liberal, licensed spectrum. Toward that end, the Plan critiqued past efforts to reallocate spectrum as slow and clumsy, and set an aggressive time-table for new allocations. But the targets are proving elusive. Incentive Auctions, the headline policy item, are enmeshed in a complex design process; other initiatives have been delayed or shelved entirely. Whatever occurs, two things are clear. First, we can learn something important about spectrum regulation by evaluating the F.C.C.’s 2010 goals, approaches, and results. Second, we are yet challenged by the task of making bandwidth available to wireless markets. Nine-year rulemakings may not be the optimal path.

Speakers Include:

* Blair Levin, Aspen Institute, Keynote: Spectrum Reallocation Challenges

* Robert Kaminski, Capital Alpha Partners, Charting FCC Allocations Since 2010

* Thomas Hazlett, Clemson & George Mason, No Frills Reallocations, Now and Then

* Richard Bennett, AEI, Blueprint for a Federal Spectrum Service

* Michael Marcus, Virginia Tech, Restructuring the Regime

* Harold Furchtgott-Roth, Hudson Institute, Markets v. Governments