Verizon-funded report says Federal users should pay for spectrum

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Economists at The Brattle Group released a report today in which they analyze the impact of different spectrum sharing schemes and propose implementing a spectrum based fee that would incentivize federal users to adjust their usage to more efficiently allocate this scarce resource and reduce costs.
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According to the report, federal users currently have little incentive to use spectrum efficiently, because they do not internalize the costs associated with their spectrum use. Imposing a spectrum based fee would incentivize federal users to use the spectrum more efficiently. The authors propose that the appropriate fee should be based on the commercial value of spectrum. By tying the fee to spectrum’s commercial value, federal users would be incurring the foregone economic value or opportunity cost of the spectrum in deploying these federal services.
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http://www.brattle.com/system/news/pdf2s/000/000/617/original/Spectrum_Sharing_-_Taxonomy_and_Economics_Full_Report.pdf
 

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Even if they had to pay for it, federal agencies still wouldn't have any real incentive to use spectrum efficiently. They'd just go to Congress and ask for more money to cover the additional cost.
 

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FEDS pay for Spectrum

And WHO would they pay? This is just another ploy by the cellular barons to seize more spectrum at our cost so they can make more money selling entertainment trash over the air and further diminishing the amount of spectrum for Public Safety. Until Public Safety is forced to pay Verizon for air time with our tax money. See whats coming.......?
 
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