News | 11/25/2002 5:00 am EST
Report calls for new spectrum auction plan
A new report released by the Federal Communications Commission’s Office of Plans and Policy (OPP) is recommending that the regulator institute parallel auctions, one for voluntarily offered spectrum and another for unassigned airwaves. This recommendation and others were made by Evan Kwerel and John Williams in OPP Working Paper No. 38, A Proposal for a Rapid Transition to Market Allocation of Spectrum, released earlier this month. The paper argues that the FCC’s decision to grant incumbents flexibility in the use of their spectrum isn’t sufficient to ensure a transition to market-based allocations. The report cites several examples in the 300 MHz to 3000 MHz range of where this approach could be used.