Drew Clark Participating in Aspen Institute Roundtable on Spectrum Policy

Drew Clark Participating in Aspen Institute Roundtable on Spectrum Policy

Broadband is in the air, so to speak, and I’ll have a chance to weigh in at the Aspen Institute Communications Policy Project’s annual roundtable on spectrum policy on Thursday and Friday, May 17 and 18, in Queenstown, Maryland.

With increasing talk of broadband, including a national broadband policy, this brief conference of the Aspen Institute is sure to focus on some of the current controversies around the 700 Megahertz (MHz) spectrum auctions, which must take place by January 2008. These frequencies, which are considered to have some of the best propagation characteristic in the airwaves, are currently being used by television broadcasters. But with broadcasters vacating that portion of the spectrum, the FCC is currently wrestling with some big questions about how to structure the auctions for the 700 MHz zone.

Our readings include “What is Broadband Good For,” by Susan Crawford, “Reforming Spectrum Policy and Expanding Wireless Broadband Access,” by John Peha, and “Spectrum Sharing and Spectrum Efficiency,” by Ellen Goodman. I’m looking forward to a stimulating debate!