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Spectrum 2013 - Background Readings

This collection of reading materials was created to prepare participants for the 2013 Aspen Institute Roundtable on Spectrum Policy by providing an overview of and background information on the topic, Spectrum for the Wired Network. The selection of readings introduces a range of policy issues associated with wireless substitutability. It is not intended to be a comprehensive collection of materials on the topic, but rather an overview of subjects relevant to the 2013 Spectrum Policy dialogue.

Section I. Setting the Predicates: Communications Architecture Today and Tomorrow

Yochai Benkler, “Open Wireless vs. Licensed Spectrum: Evidence from Market Adoption,” Harvard Journal of Law & Technology, Volume 26, Number 1. Fall 2012, page 76-81. Available online:

Federal Communications Commission, National Broadband Plan: Connecting America, “Chapter 2: Goals for a High Performance America,” 2010, Available online:

Richard Bennett, “Technical Principles of Spectrum Allocation,” September 2013. Available online:

William Lehr and John Chapin, “On the Convergence of Wired and Wireless Action Network Architectures,” Information Economics and Policy, January 2010. Available online:

Larry Downes, “The End of the Wired Telephone Network is Coming…But Not Soon Enough,” Forbes Magazine, October 30, 2013. Available online: 2013/10/30/the-end-of-the-wired-telephone-network-is-coming-but-not-soon-enough/

Section II. Substitution and Competition

“Will 4G Wireless Really Threaten Wires?” Bloomberg BusinessWeek, August 13, 2009. Available online: /tc20090813_094821.htm

Catherine Middleton and Jock Given, “The Next Broadband Challenge: Wireless,” Journal of Information Policy, 2011. Available online:

Michael Calabrese, “Solving the Spectrum Crunch: Unlicensed Spectrum on a High-Fiber Diet,” Time Warner Research Program on Digital Communications, October 2013. Available online:


CTIA, “Semi-Annual Wireless Survey,” April 2013. Available online:

Dipankar Raychaudhuri, Kiran Nagaraja and Arun Venkataramani, “MobilityFirst: A Robust and Trustworthy Mobility-Centric Architecture for the Future Internet.” Available online: