Effect of Economic Techniques on Radio Frequency Utilization
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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This thesis compares the efficacy of spectrum assignment and allocation using a market-based system with the current government-controlled regulatory system. In making this comparison, a brief review of the spectrum and its radio communication uses is given. An examination of the current system-- historical, organizational and political--is also presented. The spectrum is then discussed as a resource in relation to its economic characteristics supply, demand, opportunity costs, prices, externalities and property rights. Although the spectrum is a unique resource as compared to most other natural resources, this conclusion is no valid reason for not allowing the establishment of a spectrum market exists. An examination of how such a market might be established and operated, and the implications of such a market are then discussed, with an example of how this market would operate in the Land Mobile Radio Services. To better illustrate this point, a brief history of land mobile radio, its technology and applications, and current allocation and assignment mechanisms is also presented. This study concludes by discussing the importance of the frequency spectrum to economic growth, summarizes the advantages and disadvantages of both marketplace and government regulation, and proposes that a market trial be instituted to test the viability of a spectral market.
- Administration and Management
- Economics and Cost Analysis
- Radio Communications