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Spectrum Management and Broadcasting: Current Issues


  • Cave, Martin


Broadcasting policy has traditionally been supported by a 'command-and-control' system of assigning frequencies for terrestrial transmission, but this link is being eroded by the emergence of other technologies – cable, satellite, IPTV, mobile broadcasting - and by the emergence of multi-channel television, which is facilitated by digital terrestrial television. The switch off of analogue terrestrial transmission is being achieved through significant government intervention, but with diverse intentions relating to the use of the freed spectrum. It is argued, however, that the trend to liberalise spectrum policy is strong, and that this will promote the liberalisation of broadcasting.

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  • Cave, Martin, 2006. "Spectrum Management and Broadcasting: Current Issues," MPRA Paper 3514, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:3514

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    1. Martin Cave & Kiyoshi Nakamura (ed.), 2006. "Digital Broadcasting," Books, Edward Elgar Publishing, number 3816.
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    spectrum management; broadcasting policy; digital switchover;

    JEL classification:

    • L82 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Entertainment; Media
    • K23 - Law and Economics - - Regulation and Business Law - - - Regulated Industries and Administrative Law
    • L41 - Industrial Organization - - Antitrust Issues and Policies - - - Monopolization; Horizontal Anticompetitive Practices
    • L96 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities - - - Telecommunications
    • D82 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design

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