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Spectrum 2017 - Background Readings

This collection of reading materials was created to prepare participants for the 2017 Aspen Institute Roundtable on Spectrum Policy by providing an overview of and background information on the topic, Rethinking Institutions of Spectrum Management. The selection of readings introduces a range of spectrum policy considerations. It is not intended to be a comprehensive collection of materials on the topic, but rather an overview of subjects relevant to the 2017 Spectrum Policy dialogue.

Thomas Hazlett, The Political Spectrum, (Yale University Press: 2017), Pages 1-9

U.S. Department of Transportation, What is Spectrum Management? (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Transportation: June 2017). Available online:

James Lewis, Spectrum Management for Economic Growth and National Security (Washington, D.C.: Center for Strategic and International Studies: April 2017). Available online:

Charlie Savage, “Proposed Rules Would Allow U.S. to Track and Destroy Drones,” The New York Times, May 23, 2017.  Available online:

Katie Mather, “LAPD becomes nation's largest police department to test drones after oversight panel signs off on controversial program,” The Los Angeles Times, October 17, 2017.  Available online:

Chris Libertelli, “Drone Interdiction: A Comprehensive Proposal and Emerging Threat.” Venture Policy Group, October 2017

Caleb Henry, “FCC commissioner O’Rielly gives Intel-Intelsat C-band proposal a positive early review,” SpaceNews, October 13, 2017.  Available online: