Making Way (hopefully) for 5G
— January 21, 2019
By Lawrence J. White and Thomas M. Lenard
Still, much remains to be done to employ markets to allocate spectrum to uses where it is most valued as the country moves into the next generation of wireless technologies — often lumped together as “5G.” In particular, realizing the potential of 5G for gee-whiz applications will require that large amounts of additional spectrum be diverted from other applications.
That’s more easily said than done. Much of the spectrum needed for next-generation uses is currently controlled by federal agencies, ranging from the National Weather Service to the Defense Department, which pay nothing for it and therefore have no incentive to give up their stranglehold.
Read the full Milken Institute Review article.
Lawrence White is the Robert Kavesh Professorship in Economics and the Deputy Chair, Economics.