In this paper we consider reforms and innovations in spectrum policy that would enable and sustain an expanded public media to better support quality news, journalism, education, arts, and civic information in the 21st century. The Internet has remade the landscape of free expression, access to news and information, and media production. Thus, we are well past the moment when spectrum allocated to broadcasting could be considered as distinct from that allocated to wireless broadband networks. Such networks serve as primary channels for access to news and information, increasingly edging out over-the-air broadcasting as the essential infrastructure for media distribution.
- Supplementing ill-enforced public interest obligations on commercial broadcasters with spectrum license fees that could support multi-platform public media
- Supplanting one-time spectrum auctions with annual fees to sustain public media
- Requiring spectrum licensees for mobile broadband to adhere to non-discrimination rules for Internet content, applications, and services
- Requiring spectrum licenses for mobile broadband to adhere to universal service requirements
- Increasing the diversity of wireless providers in local communities
- Facilitating community and locally owned wireless broadband infrastructure via unlicensed and opportunistic access to spectrum.