Towards a spectrum solution
The concept of pooled spectrum has been examined for long. The issue first came into prominence when The Economist published an article in February 2003, along with a new concept of spectrum pricing, and becomes more relevant today with the possibility of pooled spectrum being introduced.
The article wrote: “What is the best analogy for radio spectrum? Is it, as most people intuitively believe, a palpable resource like land, best allocated through property rights that can be bought and sold? Or is it, thanks to technological progress, more like the sea, so vast that it does not need to be parceled out (at least for shipping traffic), in which case general rules on how boats should behave are enough to ensure that it is used efficiently.” And today, thanks to technologists, we are gradually moving to spectrum being more akin to the sea, hence the pricing of the resource is not necessary. Let me give another example. Air is another resource. It is not priced since it is used by everyone, and is abundantly available. If spectrum can be a similar commodity, thanks to abundant availability, spectrum pricing and consequently available to everyone, it need not be priced, and only usage charges determined, if at all.
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