by Brent Skorup
Cato Institute
January 09, 2014
Through overlay licenses and spectrum fees, it may be possible to repurpose federal spectrum and safely relocate federal wireless systems. The creation of a Base Realignment and Closure-like agency would alleviate some of the immediate political resistance. In the long term, a Government Services Agency-like agency should be created to incentivize efficient use of federal spectrum. Still, congressional pressure will be necessary to compel federal users to produce accurate recordkeeping of spectrum uses and transparency about how nonclassified systems are using spectrum. By educating policymakers and the public on these alternatives, hopefully spectrum management can look less like the Soviet GOSPLAN and more like a market.

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