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The Problem of Interference in Wireless Communications. The U.S. Regulatory ‘Solution’ and the Property Rights Alternative
Apuntes (2002)
  • Bruno E. Viani, Colgate University
Abstract
The problem of interference in wireless communications is solved in the U.S. by a command and control system instituted nearly eight decades ago. This system is currently applied in most countries that allow private investment in wireless communications. A brief analysis of how this system emerged in the U.S. and how it operates reveals the gross inefficiencies of it. An alternative approach using property rights would be efficient not only in the allocation of frequencies to its highest value use, but also in the solution of interference disputes. The cases of Guatemala and El Salvador, two adopters of this approach illustrate the benefits of it. Between 1997 and 2001, the annual growth rate of mobile telephony traffic in these two countries was more than double of the average for Latin America and more than 12 times that of Peru. Latin Americans may benefit substantially by leaving the current command and control system modeled after the U.S. and embracing the property rights approach.
Keywords
  • Spectrum regulation
Publication Date
June, 2002
Citation Information
Bruno E. Viani. "The Problem of Interference in Wireless Communications. The U.S. Regulatory ‘Solution’ and the Property Rights Alternative" Apuntes Vol. 50 Iss. 1 (2002)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/bviani/3/