Mobile Future and Thomas Hazlett, Professor of Law & Economics, George Mason University and Managing Partner, Arlington Economics LLC, released a new report which finds that more spectrum for wireless networks is needed now in order to meet the unprecedented and continually rising consumer and enterprise demand for mobile devices and to maintain the levels of intense competition in today’s mobile market. The report discusses the many positive impacts of spectrum-based mobile communications and sums up an analysis of spectrum policy with three key lessons learned:
- Additional spectrum creates its own wireless demand. Relieving spectrum bottlenecks by allocating substantially more frequency space will lower costs for consumers and entrepreneurs alike, encouraging competition and robust wireless growth;
- Mobile markets need liberal licenses. Spectrum-based technologies evolve continuously and quickly. Regulators are uniquely situated to maximize a new wave of spectrum-based innovation.
- Allocating spectrum after demand swamps network capabilities is a barrier to progress. Companies – wireless carriers, device makers, media producers, technology vendors or daring upstarts – need to be able to deploy new services quickly, and if necessary buy spectrum to support the new services without waiting for a 6-13 year FCC proceeding.