An Oligopoly Model for Analyzing and Evaluating (Re)-Assignments of Spectrum Licenses

An Oligopoly Model for Analyzing and Evaluating (Re)-Assignments of Spectrum Licenses The Communications Act requires the Federal Communications Commission to assess whether proposed spectrum license transactions serve the public interest, convenience, and necessity. We review the FCC’s implementation of this component of the Act. We provide a tractable economic model of competition among wireless service providers in which spectrum licenses are a cost-reducing input. This model allows us to evaluate the effects of (re-)assigning spectrum licenses on economic outcomes and to define operational measures of “warehousing” licenses. Calibrating the model, we find little evidence of warehousing and that the approved Verizon-T-Mobile-SpectrumCo transaction increased social surplus. Review of Industrial Organization Springer Journals

An Oligopoly Model for Analyzing and Evaluating (Re)-Assignments of Spectrum Licenses

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Economics / Management Science; Industrial Organization; Microeconomics
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