United States: Using Spectrum Policy to Promote “Wireless Net Neutrality”

The U.S. has many advantages on digital dividend matters. Firstly, the planning of the spectrum takes place on an almost continental scale and the problems of border co-ordination are limited to the Canadian and Mexican borders. Furthermore, in the U.S. there is only one regulatory authority responsible for the spectrum, for both audiovisual and electronic communications. Finally, U.S. Congress got involved in the debate at an early stage by adopting clear rules on the switch-off of analog broadcasting and on the allocation of frequencies stemming from the digital dividend. This has permitted the FCC to impose solutions that would not have been possible in the absence of such a mandate from Congress.

Article published in edition no. 58, (November/December 2007) of La Lettre de l'Autorité de Régulation des Communications électroniques et des Postes.

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