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Property rights in spectrum: taking the next step

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2 Author(s)
Hatfield, D.N. ; Interdisciplinary Telecommun. Program, Colorado Univ., Boulder, CO ; Weiser, P.J.

On the views of almost all commentators, the primary obstacle to recognizing property rights in spectrum is either a lack of economic sophistication or political will by the relevant policymakers. To such commentators, the FCC (or a court) could simply enforce property rights at the geographic boundary of a coverage area as well as at the boundaries (or edges) of different frequency bands. The FCC (or a court) should issue an injunction to prevent such conduct. This paper explains that the transition to a property rights model for spectrum is far more complex than commonly portrayed. First, unlike real property, radio spectrum does not allow for clear boundaries, as radio waves propagate in varying ways depending on a variety of circumstances and practical filtering constraints prevent total isolation between adjacent frequency bands. Second, if property rights are granted in a manner that would allow injunctions for trespass, it is quite possible that parties could bring actions solely to threaten an injunction and obtain a license along the lines of the much-criticized "patent trolls" Finally, and most significantly, any workable system of property rights will need to rely on (at least to some degree) the predictive models-i.e., statistical predictions as to how often interference is likely to occur-that generally govern how spectrum is used today. The technology need to engage and integrate logical, economic and legal expertise on the merits of a critical important policy challenge

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New Frontiers in Dynamic Spectrum Access Networks, 2005. DySPAN 2005. 2005 First IEEE International Symposium on

Date of Conference:

8-11 Nov. 2005