Using Spectrum Auctions to Enhance Competition in Wireless Services
Well-designed spectrum auctions can play an important role in fostering a competitive wireless industry. Of even greater importance is the quantity of spectrum made available for wireless services. Spectrum is an essential input. The more spectrum allocated to wireless services, the more competition can be sustained. Other regulatory policies including rules for interconnection, number portability, tower sharing, and roaming also affect the competitiveness of the market for wireless services. Spectrum auctions provide a fast and effective means of assigning spectrum to wireless operators.