[builds-list] Fwd: NISLAB Seminar with Ingo Vogelsang

Christopher Woodall chris.j.woodall at gmail.com
Wed Oct 30 13:56:58 EDT 2013

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From: Harrington, Rachel <rachelah at bu.edu>
Date: Wed, Oct 30, 2013 at 1:46 PM
Subject: NISLAB Seminar with Ingo Vogelsang
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Please see below for information about an upcoming NISLAB
(http://nislab.bu.edu/) talk:

From: Morteza Hashemi <mhashemi at bu.edu>
Date: Monday, October 28, 2013 12:32 AM
To: Rachel Harrington <rachelah at bu.edu>

Friday, November 1 at 10 AM to 11 AM
8 St. Mary's Street, Room 404/428

Two Topics in Telecommunications Policy:

Spectrum Management and Net Neutrality

By Ingo Vogelsang

Department of Economics, Boston University


While most telecommunications regulations are on their way out,
spectrum management and net neutrality are areas with ongoing policy
initiatives that may continue for some time. The current paper is
based on an economics literature survey and addresses the issues of
licensed vs. unlicensed spectrum and spectrum auctions in auction
management and the desirability of net neutrality regulation. Licensed
vs. unlicensed spectrum is discussed in the context of property rights
vs. commons. The “tragedy of the commons” need not materialize so that
unlicensed spectrum will continue to be more efficient for certain
spectrum bands and uses than licensed spectrum, while licensed
spectrum (with expanded property rights) will hold comparative
advantages for other spectrum bands and uses. Auctions are now the
established way of first assigning spectrum to private parties. New
auction developments could go further in reassigning spectrum on a
long-term or spot basis. Net neutrality policy can be justified based
on externality arguments that go beyond mere discrimination. The
resulting regulations, however, should be light.

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