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Spectrum 2014 - Background Readings

This collection of reading materials was created to prepare participants for the 2014 Aspen Institute Roundtable on Spectrum Policy by providing an overview of and background information on the topic, Alternative Paths to Flexible Use Spectrum. The selection of readings introduces a range of policy issues associated with general purpose spectrum. It is not intended to be a comprehensive collection of materials on the topic, but rather an overview of subjects relevant to the 2014 Spectrum Policy dialogue.


Section I.  General Purpose Spectrum
Federal Communications Commission, National Broadband Plan: Connecting America, “Chapter 5: Spectrum,” 2010.

Presidential Memorandum—Expanding America's Leadership in Wireless Innovation,” The White House, Office of the Press Secretary, June 14, 2013.

Section II. Transitioning to General Purpose Spectrum
Remarks on Public Sector Spectrum Policy,” Jason Furman, Chairman, Council of Economic Advisors, Brookings Institution, September 23, 2014. 

A Review of Approaches to Sharing or Relinquishing Agency-Assigned Spectrum,” Science & Technology Policy Institute, January 2014: Executive Summary.

J. Pierre de Vries and Philip J. Weiser, “Unlocking Spectrum Value through Improved Allocation, Assignment, and Adjudication of Spectrum Rights,” The Hamilton Project, Policy Brief, March 2014.

Coleman Bazelon and Giulia McHenry, “Spectrum Sharing: Taxonomy and Economics,” The Brattle Group, February 6, 2014. 

Adele C. Morris, “Greasing the Wheels of Federal Spectrum Deals,” Economic Studies at Brookings, September 2014. 

Jon M. Peha, “A Public-Private Approach to Public Safety Communications,” Issues in Science and Technology, National Academy Press, Summer 2013.