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April 30, 2013
Report Co-Authored by Brattle Principal Coleman Featured in Broadcasting & Cable Article on Impacts of Limiting Incentive Auction Bidding

A recent report co-authored by Brattle principal Coleman Bazelon was featured in an April 30, 2013 Broadcasting & Cable article on the impacts of a proposed change to the way that the FCC allocates spectrum, which could limit the amount of spectrum any one company can hold in a market.

The article, “Study: Limiting Incentive Auction Bidding Could Cost $12B,” discusses the findings of a recent report that finds that if the FCC limits the participation of either Verizon or AT&T in the upcoming spectrum incentive auctions, it could reduce the proceeds of that auction by as much as $12 billion, or 40%. This may mean that not enough money would be available to pay for all the spectrum broadcasters give up. Further, the study finds that if wireless carriers were discouraged or prevented from bidding, they may deploy less efficient technologies that would ultimately cost consumers 9% more monthly.

The study, “The Economic Implications of Restricting Spectrum Purchases in the Incentive Auctions,” was commissioned by the Center for Business and Public Policy at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business and co-authored by Brattle principal Coleman Bazelon; Robert Shapiro, Senior Policy Scholar at the Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy at Georgetown University McDonough School of Business; and Douglas Holtz-Eakin, the President of the American Action Forum.

To read the article in its entirety, please visit the Broadcasting & Cable website.