Hazlett Debates Spectrum Allocation at Wireless Communications Policy Symposium
Professor Thomas Hazlett participated in a debate on "Spectrum Allocation in the Digital Age" at a daylong February 26 symposium entitled "INTERFERENCE: Wireless Innovation, Public Interest, Regulatory Response" held at The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law in Washington, D.C. The symposium was organized by CommLaw Conspectus: Journal of Communications Law & Policy and the Institute for Communications Law Studies at the Catholic University Columbus School of Law in association with the Federal Communications Bar Association.
Hazlett and Gigi Sohn, president and co-founder of Public Knowledge, argued on the issue of whether spectrum should be allocated on a licensed or unlicensed basis, with Hazlett proposing that open access to spectrum could destroy its social value. He objected to a view of unlicensed bands of spectrum as commons, arguing that once you establish a public commons, it is necessary to have government participation to set power limits.