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Socio-technical considerations for Spectrum Access System (SAS) design

Weiss, MBH and Lehr, WH and Acker, A and Gomez, MM (2015) Socio-technical considerations for Spectrum Access System (SAS) design. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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Abstract

© 2015 IEEE. Spectrum Access Systems (SAS) are emerging as a principal mechanism for managing the sharing of radio spectrum. The design of the SAS depends on the specification of spectrum property rights and the governance system by which those rights are enforced. Current perspectives on SAS design have been too limited, focusing narrowly on the technical components without adequate consideration of socio-technical factors that will impact the likely success of any SAS design. In this paper, we apply the social science literature on the management of common pool resources (CPR) to the design challenge for the SAS. Heretofore, too much of the discussion has focused on an overly simplistic characterization of the spectrum rights design space as a dichotomous choice between licensed v. unlicensed, markets v. government, and exclusive v. open. The CPR framework forces consideration of a wider class of design options, positioning the specifications of spectrum property rights more appropriately along a multi-dimensional continuum of rights bundles. The CPR framework highlights the importance of considering formal and informal, multi-layered institutional and market-based interactions among SAS stakeholders when designing a resource management system. We will explain how this leads one to view the SAS as a polycentric governance system (using the terminology in the CPR literature). By examining the economic and social context of spectrum sharing, we assert that these emerging systems must be sufficiently flexible to adapt to various forms of resource governance, which refers to the process by which rights are distributed among stakeholders, how those rights are enforced, and how the resource is managed. We illustrate how the insights from the CPR literature might be implemented in a prototype SAS architecture.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Status: Published
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Weiss, MBHmbw@pitt.eduMBW
Lehr, WH
Acker, Aaacker@pitt.eduAACKER
Gomez, MMmmg62@pitt.eduMMG62
Date: 2 December 2015
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Journal or Publication Title: 2015 IEEE International Symposium on Dynamic Spectrum Access Networks, DySPAN 2015
Page Range: 35 - 46
Event Type: Conference
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1109/dyspan.2015.7343848
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Information Sciences > Telecommunications
Refereed: Yes
ISBN: 9781479974528
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2015 16:46
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2017 21:56
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/25828

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