The New Spectrum Scarcity

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  1. Ken Rhodes says:

    When IBM put a 10MB hard drive in their PC, geeks (including, I think, the young Bill Gates) laughed at them, saying nobody could ever need that much storage. Parkinson’s Law is as immutable for bandwidth as it is for time, money, or any other resource.

    A “simple” auction of a scarce resource will always favor consolidation by the richest and most powerful players. If it is to be public policy to encourage entrepreneurs, inventors, engineers, etc., to explore and expand our communications capabilities, then the allocation of the bandwidth must be more complex, and regulated, than “simple bidding.”

  2. anon says:

    Why doesn’t the FCC auction spectrum but use a royalty system? Instead of auctioning spectrum using only a monetary bid, the FCC could take percentage bids. So a potential bidder would bid say, 5%–which would guarantee the government 5% of the bidder’s revenues each year/quarter/&c.