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Spectrum Policy Reform in the UK and the USA

Thursday February 2003

Even during a “tech recession” there is relentless economic pressure for access to radio waves. But regulatory structures protect obsolete systems, squander productive bandwidth, and stymie new technologies. How can new rules be implemented that allow entrants easier access to markets, permitting consumers—rather than government planners—to decide the fate of new wireless services? In this symposium we explore efforts to unleash competition in wireless on both sides of the Atlantic.


8:30 A.M. - 8:55 A.M. Registration, Coffee and Continental Breakfast
8:55 A.M. - 9:00 A.M. Introductory Remarks
Thomas W. Hazlett, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute, and Director, Center for the Digital Economy at the Manhattan Institute
9:00 A.M. -10:00 A.M. Panel I: Regulation and the Potential Wireless Entrant
Gregg Skall, Womble Carlyle, Sandridge & Rice, PLLC
Bert Halprin, Halprin Temple
Toni Cook Bush, Northpoint Technology
Bradley Holmes, ArrayComm
10:00 A.M. - 10:15 A.M. Break
10:15 A.M. - 11:00 A.M. The Economics & Politics of Radio Spectrum Reform in the UK
Martin Cave, Director, Centre for Management Under Regulation, University of Warwick
Professor Martin Cave is the author of the Review of Radio Spectrum Management, a comprehensive report commissioned by the British Government in 2002, and available online at:
11:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. Panel II: Appraising the FCC’s Spectrum Policy Task Force Report
Greg Rosston, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research
Coleman Bazelon, Analysis Group/Economics
Issued November 15, 2002, the Report is available at: